Because of “limited space,” members of the media will not be allowed to cover the inauguration of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on June 30 in Malacañang.
Martin Andanar, the incoming chief of the Presidential Communications Office, on Monday said only the government-run television PTV4 and Radio-Television Malacañang (RTVM) will be allowed inside the Rizal Hall.
Andanar added that reporters can monitor the event at their working area at the New Executive building.
“Talagang masikip sa loob ng Rizal Hall. Hindi siya ganun kalaki. So, iyong atin namang mga kasamahan sa RTVM ay sanay naman sila sa mga [Rizal Hall is not that big. But then, our colleagues in RTVM are used to a] broadcast pool. So I think you will not have a difficult time,” he told reporters.
Andanar said only 500 guests were invited, including Duterte’s immediate family, those who helped in his campaign, incoming Cabinet members and members of Congress.
“Kaya nga ang pakiusap po ni President-elect Duterte sa aming mga incoming Cabinet members ay hindi kasama ‘yung aming mga asawa [President-elect Duterte has even asked us not to bring our wives],” he added.
Christopher Go, special assistant to Duterte, said the inaugural celebration in Malacañang will be “simple yet meaningful” and “consistent with [Duterte’s] principles on austerity.”
Duterte will be sworn into office by Supreme Court Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes.