Robredo to hold ‘simple’ inauguration at QC Reception House

Rosette Adel - Philstar.com

MANILA, Philippines – The camp of Vice President-elect Leni Robredo on Thursday announced that her inauguration will also be held on June 30 at the Quezon City Reception House.

Boyet Dy, the head of Robredo's transition team, said they picked the QC Reception House in New Manila which will serve as Robredo's office since President-elect Rodrigo Duterte preferred a separate inauguration in Malacañang where he will also hold office.

The mansion, formerly called the "Boracay Mansion," was supposedly owned by former president and current Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.

“Gagawin natin ang inaugural sa Quezon City Reception House na siyang magiging opisyal na opisina ng ating pangalawang pangulo,” Dy said in a press briefing.

“Simple lang ang magiging seremonya ngunit mananatiling angkop sa okasyon,” he added.

Robredo will take her oath of office before Ronaldo Coner, captain of the "smallest, farthest and poorest" barangay, Punta Tarawal Calabanga in Camarines Sur.

Dy apologized since there will only be 300 guests invited to the inauguration which will start at 9:30 a.m. He added that a “thank you” celebration for Robredo’s supporters will follow at the QC Memorial Circle in the afternoon.

“Dahil limitado ang espasyo sa venue, humihingi kami ng paumanhin sapagkat nasa tatlong daang bisita lang ang inaasahang makakadalo sa nasabing okasyon. Dahil dito minarapat naming magkaroon ng isang pasasalamat si VP Leni sa Quezon City Memorial Circle sa hapon din ng June 30,” Dy said.

According to Dy, the guests will be composed of members from all sectors of society especially from the “laylayan ng lipunan.”

On June 15,  Bong Go, Duterte's executive assistant said the separate inauguration will benefit Robredo since it will not restrict the guests whom she wished to be invited to the oath-taking ceremony.

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