By Jim Lloyd Dongiapon
Outgoing Davao City Mayor and incoming Vice President Sara Duterte-Carpio confirmed this afternoon on her weekly radio program that outgoing Vice President Leni Robredo cannot attend her inauguration this Sunday, June 19, in Davao City due to a prior commitment.
Duterte-Carpio said VP Leni will be attending Naga City Charter Day on the same weekend.
Meanwhile, Malacañang confirmed last week that outgoing President and her father Rodrigo Duterte will attend her oathtaking.
Former President and returning Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will also be present during the event.
However, incoming President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. is yet to confirm if he will grace his running mate’s inaugural ceremony.
Preparations for the inauguration weekend are ongoing, with traffic advisories being disseminated to the public as portions of San Pedro and Bolton Streets will be closed off to traffic on June 18 (Saturday), and on June 19 (Sunday).
The program on Sunday will start with a Thanksgiving Mass inside San Pedro Cathedral at 3:00 PM. It will be followed by Duterte-Carpio’s oathtaking before Supreme Court Associate Justice Ramon Paul Hernando at 4:30 PM.
Musikahan-Pasasalamat, or the post-inauguration entertainment, is scheduled at 6:00 PM onwards.
Duterte-Carpio reminds those who will witness the event of the prohibited items during the ceremony.
“Ang mga taga-Dabaw medyo familiar na sila ani, pero kihananglan nato ipahinumdom sa mga mutambong nga dili taga-Davao nga ginapagbawal nato ang: sudlanan og tubig, water containers (not transparent), backpacks, ug jackets, ginabawal nato na (People in Davao are already familiar with this, but we need to remind those attendees who are not from Davao that we do not allow non-transparent water containers, backpacks and jackets),” she said.
She added that raincoats will be provided to them in case of inclement weather.