Street food to be served at Duterte’s inauguration

  • Maruya and buko juice will be served on President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s inauguration
  • Duterte’s spokespersons said he wanted to keep his inauguration ceremony simple
  • The inauguration will be held at Rizal Hall inside Malacañang Palace

In just two weeks, President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will officially be sworn in to office as he takes his oath on June 30.

Contrary to how it was traditionally held, Duterte is sticking to his promise of keeping his lifestyle simple even if this means Malacañang Palace has to serve finger food for its guests.

Incoming Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar said on Wednesday, June 15 that known Filipino merienda (snacks) will be the menu on Duterte’s inauguration.

”Ang merienda maruya. Finger foods, pero maruya ang pinaka-main. At ang cocktails naman, if I’m not mistaken, it is buko juice,” Andanar was quoted in an ABS-CBN write up by Dharel Placido. [The snack will be maruya. Finger foods, but maruya is the main dish. For cocktails, if I’m not mistaken, it is buko juice.]

Bong Go, Duterte’s executive assistant, said the President-elect wants to keep his inauguration, which will be held inside the Rizal Hall at the Palace, “simple yet meaningful”.

‘He wants his oath-taking to be a simple one,” Go said of Duterte’s plans.

Will he speak in English or Filipino?

Rappler said in a story that the camp has yet to finalize the language Duterte will use in his speech and whether or not he will be using a teleprompter.

Duterte will not be holding his inauguration with his vice president, Leni Robredo.

Duterte’s camp said it will be beneficial for Robredo since Duterte wanted to keep his inauguration intimate and exclusive and that a separate inauguration will allow Robredo to invite as much guests including those who backed her to grab the victory.

Robredo’s team, on the other hand, said they will grant Duterte’s wish to hold a separate inauguration.

Meanwhile, Vice President-elect Leni Robredo will take her oath before a barangay captain.

“‘Yung balak ko sana ‘yung barangay captain nung pinakamaliit, pinakamalayo, pinakamahirap na barangay sa aking distrito,” she previously said in a CNN Philippines story.  [What I plan is I will take my oath before the barangay captain of the smallest, farthest and poorest barangay captain here in my district.]

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