Duterte to give 5-minute inaugural speech, to wear a Barong Tagalog

Image taken from Rody Duterte's Facebook page

• Duterte wants a simple inauguration to lessen the expenses involved in the ceremony
• He will give a 5-minute speech on national TV after taking his oath of office
• He will wear a Barong Tagalog made of cotton during the oath taking

Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte wants his inauguration on June 30 as low-key as possible.

Journal Online’s EMontano wrote in an article published on May 24, 2016 that Duterte said he will take his oath of office not at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta Park where several presidents of the country took theirs but at the Malacañang Palace to lessen the expenses for the ceremony.

Duterte said he does not want to burden the public with heavy traffic jams that a Quirino Grandstand inauguration may cause.

The Office of the President in Malacañang can hold as many as 500 guests, but Duterte is eyeing only 150 guests who will be served finger foods or canapés.

“Doon na lang [sa Palace] kasi wala nang gastos. May finger food[s] lang siguro because it’s nearing noontime, but there will be no eating after. Before lang, tapos mag-oath ako,” he told reporters.

[It will be held at the Palace so there’ll be no expenses. Only finger foods will be served because it’s nearing noontime, but there will be no eating after. Then, I will take my oath.]

He said the oath taking ceremony will be followed by a 5-minute speech on national TV to spell out his administration’s plans and policies.

After saying in jest he will not wear a barong tagalog for his inauguration because it’s only for funerals, the incoming president said he is looking for a barong tagalog that is made of cotton. He said the traditional ones that are made of jusi or piña cloth are itchy.

Duterte said that after the inauguration, he will fly back to Davao City where he plans to hold office as President of the Philippines.

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