Traditional inauguration for President-elect Aquino

PHILIPPINES – President- elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has decided to follow tradition and hold his inauguration as the new head of state at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park. He agreed to the suggestion of his transition team who also recommended that Aquino make a formal request for Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales to swear him into office on June 30.

Aquino, however, was more excited about his transition team’s plans for Quezon Memorial Circle where his celebrity, VIP and common supporters would converge to kick off a string of street parties across the country to celebrate the end of the nine-year rule of President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo.

His transition team has set aside P500,000 for the sound system, an amount that Aquino felt was reasonable but his organizers considered too small.
Professional    and    amateur entertainers have signed up to lead the party. Singer-comedian Ogie Alcasid will debut an original song for Aquino.

Will he do a “Mandela?”

Although he promised to celebrate like South African leader Nelson Mandela, who danced with the lifting of apartheid, Aquino was having second thoughts about doing it.
“I was practicing it the other night, and while it looked good when he (Mandela) did it, I don’t think I could do it as well,” Aquino said.
He will first hold a Thanksgiving Mass with his family in the morning before proceeding to his parent’s graves at Manila Memorial Park in Paran?aque City. He will then proceed to
the Quirino Grandstand for the swearing in ceremonies and then hold a Cabinet meeting after.

Before going to Quezon Memorial Circle, Aquino will attend a Malacan?ang vin d’honneur with the diplomatic community.
“It’s going to be a full day and my team seemed to have forgotten about lunch break in the schedule,” he said in jest.

Message of change

Aquino said that his inauguration would “send a clear message of change” to the people.
He promised to give due respect to Ms Arroyo on Inauguration Day, which would entail sharing a ride in a limousine.
“She is older than me. She is the incumbent. She is my teacher. I will afford her all the dignity due her office, the respect due the elders and especially the fact she is a woman. I will do justice to what my parents taught me,” he said.

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