Duterte to take oath before SC Justice Bienvenido Reyes

Kathlyn dela Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 16 2016 05:46 PM | Updated as of Jun 16 2016 07:51 PM

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Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes and President-elect Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA (UPDATED) - President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will take his oath of office before Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes, his special assistant Christopher "Bong" Go said Thursday.

Reyes received his Bachelor of Laws Degree at San Beda College, where the long-time mayor of Davao City also took his law degree.

Reyes and Duterte are both members of the Lex Talionis Fraternity. Duterte founded the fraternity's Davao chapter.

Reyes was appointed Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals (CA) in 2000. He left the CA in 2011 after he was appointed SC Associate Justice by President Benigno Aquino III.

Earlier, Go said Duterte will have a "simple" inauguration at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall of Malacañang on June 30 "consistent with his principles on austerity."

Incoming Palace communications secretary Martin Andanar said simple food will be served to Duterte's guests, such as "maruya" and buko juice.

READ: Duterte to hold inaugural at Palace's Rizal Hall

Vice President-elect Leni Robredo will have a separate inauguration as the Rizal Hall cannot accommodate both Duterte's guests and Robredo's.

Duterte's Cabinet members are also not entitled to bring their spouses, children and other guests since the space is limited to only 500 people.

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