MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – It looks like there will not only be two, but three, inaugurations in the Philippines on June 30.
Already, President-elect Rod Duterte has finalized plans to hold his inauguration at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang, making it clear that VP-elect Leni Robredo will not be part of the swearing-in.
Robredo has also announced plans for her own inauguration in Metro Manila.
Not to be outdone, Senator-elect Manny Pacquiao revealed that he wants his own swearing-in ceremony, separate from the rest of the senators elected in the May 9 national elections.
The boxing icon and top absentee congressman finished at 7th place in the senatorial elections, garnering 16,050,546 votes. He ran under the banner of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of Vice President Jejomar Binay.
Pacquiao is envisioning a huge gathering at his inauguration, choosing the Philippine Arena as his venue. The arena is owned by the religious group, Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC). Pacquiao was one of the senatorial candidates endorsed by INC which is known to dictate to its church members who to vote for.
The Pacquiao camp has announced that coach Freddie Roach will administer the champ’s oath of office.
Meanwhile, another senator-elect, television personality Tito Sotto is seriously considering having his own inauguration during his noontime show, “Eat Bulaga” on GMA Channel 7, and will be sworn in by the duo, AlDub.
There will be lots of options for Filipinos as to which inauguration to attend, or watch.
One of those options is Facebook which will live stream Duterte’s swearing in.