There will be no grand celebration when President-elect Rodrigo Duterte takes his oath of office on June 30.
Incoming Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said Duterte will take his oath as the 16th President of the Philippines in Malacañang’s Rizal Hall.
The ceremony, to be attended by more than 500 guests, will begin at 11 a.m.
Andanar said the inauguration will be a modest and intimate affair.
Guests will be served Duterte’s favorite — “maruya” or deep-fried banana fritter and “ordinary juice”.
“Do not expect ostentatious food and drinks. Maruya and ordinary juice drink will be served,” Andanar said.
The camp of Duterte had informed the camp of Vice President-elect Leni Robredo to plan for the latter’s own inauguration.
The camp of Robredo said Duterte ruled out a joint inauguration because he wanted a separate inauguration for himself.
“We were informed by the team of President-elect Rody Duterte about their preference to hold the inauguration separately. While we have been preparing for a joint inauguration, we respect their decision and will begin our own preparations for a simple and modest ceremony,” Boyet Dy, the head of Robredo’s transition team, said.
He added that Robredo’s inauguration ceremony will be held in Metro Manila and the new Vice President will take her oath of office before Barangay Captain Ronaldo Coner of Punta Tarawal, Calabanga, Camarines Sur.
Punta Tarawal is the smallest, poorest and remotest barangay (village) in Camarines Sur.
Robredo had vowed to help the poor, especially those living in the fringes of society.