President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s inauguration as the 17th president of the Philippines on June 30 at the National Museum in Manila will be solemn and simple, his camp said on Tuesday.
According to Franz Imperial, one of the heads of the preparation committee for the event, the program is all set except for some minor details which are still being finalized.
“The program we have prepared is very solemn and simple. It would be very traditional dahil sabi nga ni BBM sa vlog niya, ‘hindi kami lilihis pa sa tradisyon (as what BBM said in his vlog, we won’t do away with tradition),'” Imperial said in a press release.
Television host Toni Gonzaga will sing the Philippine National Anthem while the inauguration song, “Pilipinas Kong Mahal,” will be performed by singer Cris Villonco and the Young Voices of the Philippines Choir.
Marcos will take the oath to be administered by Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo, Imperial reiterated.
No further detail was given about Marcos’ inaugural speech but Imperial said the incoming president will not be needing a teleprompter.
A 30-minute military-civil parade will also be held during the event, according to Imperial.
Meanwhile, he said details for the ecumenical invocation are still being finalized.
Outgoing Manila Mayor Isko Moreno declared June 30 as a special non-working holiday in the City of Manila for Marcos’ inauguration.
More than 18,000 public safety and security forces would be deployed to secure Marcos’ inauguration, according to the National Capital Region Police Office. No security threat has been monitored so far, the Philippine National Police said.
Several roads will be closed to motorists to secure the areas around the National Museum and Malaca?ang ahead of the inauguration. –KG, GMA News