Luneta top choice with Fort Santiago, National Museum as alternatives
The camp of President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is looking at outdoor historical sites, including the Quirino Grandstand, Fort Santiago, and the National Museum, as possible venues for his inauguration, his eldest sister, Senator Imee Marcos, said Sunday.
“Sentimentally, I want it in Luneta. We are also looking at the Quirino Grandstand. But it is currently being temporarily used as a site for a hospital and quarantine,” she said in a radio interview.
The senator said an outdoor venue will lower the risk of COVID-19 infections as there will be enough space for social distancing.
The Quirino Grandstand is currently the site of the Manila COVID-19 Field Hospital where mild cases are quarantined.
In an advisory over the weekend, however, the local government of the City of Manila said it will end its 24/7 drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination and swab testing at the Quirino Grandstand on June 7.
Sen. Marcos confirmed that Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has already communicated with the family for preparations for the possible holding of the inauguration at the Quirino Grandstand.
“He texted me that whatever the arrangement, he would help,” she said.
Earlier, Vice President-elect Sara Duterte-Carpio said her inauguration is set for June 19 at the San Pedro Square in her hometown.
“It’s just right—it’s the pride of Davao City and Davao Region that they can witness an oath-taking of a vice president,” Duterte-Carpio said in a recent radio interview.
“The intent is I will be the first to take the oath so that I can attend the inauguration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.,” she added.
Earlier, the Palace said President Rodrigo Duterte is willing to give his successor, Marcos Jr, pieces of advice especially concerning the war on illegal drugs.
“The President is now ready to retire. On the other hand, he also said he is there to help if the next President needs his advice,” acting presidential spokesperson and Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said.
Marcos on Thursday said he was open to tapping Duterte as his drug czar if the outgoing president wants to join his Cabinet.
Duterte-Carpio, on the other hand, has formally reached out to the office of Vice President Leni Robredo and the Department of Education ahead of her expected takeover of both agencies starting July 1, according to her spokesman, Liloan Mayor Christina Frasco.
“As the transition process is still ongoing entailing detailed discussions on all aspects of the workings of the OVP and the DepEd, information on the completion of this process will be released once available,” Frasco added.