Duterte to take oath in Palace, give 5-minute speech


Posted at May 23 2016 11:06 PM | Updated as of May 24 2016 12:04 AM

'Pag na-delay yung flight, bahala na kayo diyan'

(UPDATED) Presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday that he will take his oath of office in Malacañang to lessen the expenses that go with the ceremony.

Speaking to reporters in Davao City, Duterte said he will only serve finger foods for the guests, take his oath, and give a 5-minute speech during his inauguration on June 30.

"Doon na lang [Palace] kasi wala nang gastos. May finger food lang siguro because it's nearing noontime, but there will be no eating after. Before lang, tapos mag-oath ako. Then I will go nationwide on TV and then I will just spell out my governance in five minutes," he said.

He also said that he does not need to practice in Manila for the inaugural.

"What's going around is that mag-practice kami dito, turuan nila ako ng protocol sa proclamation. Sabi ko, hindi mo na ako kailangan turuan, alam ko na. Ituro mo lang kung saan ako magtindig," Duterte said.

Duterte, who returned to Davao City after winning the May 9 elections, said he is flying to Manila on the day of the inauguration, a Thursday.

"I'll go there on the day of my oath of office, not before."

"'Pag na-delay 'yung flight, walang oath-taking, bahala kayo diyan," Duterte also said.

Duterte will be taking the following oath at noon of June 30:
“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully and conscientiously fulfill my duties as President of the Philippines, preserve and defend its Constitution, execute its laws, do justice to every man, and consecrate myself to the service of the Nation. So help me God.”

President Benigno Aquino III taking his oath of office at Quirino Grandstand. Photo courtesy of Malacanang

The Quirino Grandstand has traditionally been the place for the presidential inauguration. Seven of the 15 Philippines presidents were inaugurated there: Elpidio Quirino (1949), Ramon Magsaysay (1953), Carlos Garcia (1957), Diosdado Macapagal (1961), Ferdinand Marcos (1965, 1969, 1981), Fidel Ramos (1992), and President Benigno Aquino III (2010).

Former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada took his oath in the historic Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan, while Gloria Macapagal Arroyo flew to the Cebu Provincial Capitol for her inauguration.


For his inauguration, Duterte said he is looking for a barong made of cotton. He also plans on maintaining a two-car security set-up, refusing to be followed by several security escorts.

"Ayaw ko 'yung magsunod-sunod sa akin. Gusto ko isang... I've been used to only two cars. Alam ng media ng Davao 'yan. I'd like to maintain it that way," he said.

Duterte also said he has yet to decide where he will stay following his inauguration.

"Wala bang hotel diyan sa malapit? Kasi para makamura ang gobyerno. Mahal ang ilaw diyan sa [Bahay] Pangarap. I'm still having a hard time deciding, kung mag-uwi ba ako o hindi. Meron naman kasing maraming flights ang Davao. In Davao, 34 flights a day."

He added that he is considering going back to Davao City after his inauguration, where he plans to hold office as president.

"Wala na akong balak bumalik sa Manila. Dalhin na lang nila dito ang papirmahan, okay naman siguro dito. Dito, baka this is one of the oldest houses sa Davao. Pre-war pa ito," Duterte said.

Duterte, 71, is officially single, but he has a common-law partner, Cielito Avanceña with whom he has a daughter, Veronica. He is separated from his first wife, Elizabeth Zimmerman.