- June 30 will NOT be holiday, as clarified by both Malacañang and Duterte’s inauguration transition team
- Both incoming Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and VP Leni Robredo will take their oath on that day
- Duterte had earlier insisted on holding a simple inauguration
President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President-elect Leni Robredo are set to take their respective oaths of office on June 30, as mandated by the Constitution.
While the country will be welcoming its new President and Vice President on that day, it will still be a regular working day as clarified by both Malacañang and Duterte’s inauguration transition team.
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Sonny Coloma clarified with Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa as to whether or not June 30 was declared a holiday.
“As per the text message I received from Executive Ochoa at 12:10 p.m. today: ‘June 30, 2016 is a regular working day,'” Coloma said.
Duterte’s personal assistant and incoming Presidential Management Staff (PMS) head Bong Go likewise confirmed the news; when asked if Inauguration Day would also be a holiday.
“No. Ordinary working day,” he told Rappler.
This is a different case from 2010 when then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared the Inauguration Day of President Benigno Aquino III a special non-working holiday.
Another Palace insider told Rappler that the decision to declare such a holiday must come as a request by the incoming administration. However, no such request was made by Duterte’s team.
Duterte had previously insisted on a simple inauguration; without the flare and pomp of the ceremony.
The incoming President is expected to take his oath of office in the Rizal Hall in Malacañang Palace. Meanwhile, Robredo will be holding a separate inauguration, as per Duterte’s wishes, in her new office at the Quezon City Reception House.