QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Rodrigo Roa Duterte was ready to take this oath of office as the 16th president of the Philippines on Thursday, June 30. Instead, some background music was played and the crowd at the Rizal Hall of Malacañang Palace waited and waited some more.
It wasn’t quite noon, and according to the constitution of the Philippines, the newly-elected president must take his oath of office at the exact apppointed time.
Duterte was early for his oath-taking.
In contrast, former presidential sister Kris Aquino was late for the oath-taking of Leni Robredo, held hours earlier at the Quezon City Reception House which is to be the office of the new Vice President.
Aquino was seen standing in the back as opposed to being at her usual front-row VIP seat.
The talk show host blamed outgoing Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya for the traffic mess she encountered en route to the VP inauguration.
“I could have been there on time if only I was allowed the use of my brother’s presidential chopper,” Aquino also said.
Many will recall that during the campaign preceding the May 9 elections, Aquino was criticized for using the presidential chopper to campaign for the administration’s presidential bet Mar Roxas.
Well, all things must come to an end, as it did for all the privileges of a presidential sister.