It is a question for every Filipino if the inauguration of the two highest Philippine officials on June 30 is a holiday like the usual practice.
In 2010, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared June 30, Aquino’s inauguration as the country’s 15th president, a special non-working holiday.
However, on Wednesday, Palace announced that the incoming June 30 inauguration is not declared as holiday.
According to reports, Presidential Communications Operations Office Chief Herminio Coloma Jr. said that based on a text message he received from Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr on Wednesday afternoon, June 30, 2016 is a regular working day.
Meanwhile, incoming Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said it is President Benigno Aquino III’s discretion to declare June 30 as holiday as the two Philippine highest officials take their oaths of office.
“Si President Aquino ang magdedesisyon kung holiday o walang pasok bukas sa inagurasyon ni President-elect Rodrigo Duterte,” Andanar said in a televised interview on Umagang Kay Ganda on Wednesday morning.
Also reported, Andanar said that the president-elect and Aquino are also scheduled to meet, while there is no scheduled meeting yet for Duterte and Vice President-elect Leni Robredo.
Also in a separate TV interview, Andanar said that Robredo and Duterte’s meeting will happen as a “surprise” and will happen as the two officials have six years left to cross paths.
On the other hand, Andanar made a public assurance that there will be a live streaming on June 30 for the separate inauguration ceremonies of the president and vice president for those who will have no access in the televised ceremony.
Duterte’s oath of office as the 16th president and Robredo’s oath of office as the 14th vice president will be held at the Malacañang Palace and Quezon City Reception House, respectively.