Duterte arrives at Malacañang to take oath as president
President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday morning arrived in Malacañang less than two hours before he takes his oath as the 16th President of the Republic of the Philippines.
Duterte arrived at 10:25 a.m. at the Malacañang grounds amid rains. The incoming President was wearing a barong Tagalog made from piña jusi fabric paired with black pure cotton pants.
Before taking his oath, Duterte will call on President Benigno Aquino III in his Malacañang office, for one-on-one talks.
After the meeting, Aquino will be given departure honors, then he rides to his Quezon City home at Times Street.
There will be a short program before Duterte takes his oath of office.
At 11:45 a.m., Duterte will take his oath before Supreme Court Justice Bienvenido Reyes.
After his own oathtaking, Duterte will administer a mass oathtaking for all incoming members of his Cabinet.
After the inaugural rites, simple snacks will be served in line with the chief executive’s order of having modest inaugural rites.
The camp of Duterte has said that 627 guests were invited, which included ambassadors, incoming Cabinet members and Duterte’s family members. CDG