Only one seat for each Cabinet man in Duterte inauguration

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 16 2016 06:53 PM | Updated as of Jun 16 2016 10:40 PM

DAVAO CITY - President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's Cabinet members are not entitled to bring their spouses, children and other guests to the "simple" inauguration ceremony of the 16th president on June 30.

Incoming Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol on Thursday said they were informed of the strict seating policy during Duterte's three-hour meeting with his Cabinet officials at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Wednesday evening.

"The President informed us that we cannot bring our wives and friends because the space is limited to 500 people. Sabi niya, 'as much as I want (you to bring your) family and friends with you, kami (Cabinet secretaries) lang pupunta,'" Piñol told reporters.

The Davao mayor earlier requested to have a separate inauguration from Vice President-elect Leni Robredo as the Rizal Hall cannot accommodate both his guests and Robredo's.

This will mark the first time in decades that the country's two highest elected officials will be inaugurated separately.

READ: No Leni in 'simple' Duterte inaugural, says aide

Special Assistant to the President-elect Bong Go said in a statement that the decision to hold a simple inauguration ceremony for Duterte is "consistent with his (Duterte's) principles on austerity."

Go said Duterte will take his oath before Supreme Court Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes.

Duterte's agriculture chief, meanwhile, said they were not yet informed of the dress code. Other details of Duterte's inauguration ceremony have yet to be released.