Presumptive vice president Sara Duterte-Carpio opted out of the “traditional” 30 June Inauguration Day and will instead lead her inauguration ceremony days earlier in her hometown.
In a statement released to the media, the former Davao City mayor said she decided to set her inauguration date on 19 June, so she can witness the inauguration of her running mate, presumptive president Bongbong Marcos.
“It will be conducted earlier than the traditional June 30 event because I also want to attend the oathtaking of President Marcos,” Duterte-Carpio said.
The presidential daughter said she chose to hold her inauguration ceremony in Davao City in honor of her constituents.
“While waiting for the proclamation, I already penciled on June 19 as the inauguration date in Davao City. The Dabawenyos’ patience made me the public servant that I am today, it is only fitting to honor them the opportunity to witness the oathtaking,” she said.
Commission on Elections (Comelec) said it would not be a violation of the 1987 Philippine Constitution if Duterte-Carpio conducts her inauguration ceremony earlier than 30 June.
For Comelec Commissioner George Garcia, the law does not explicitly state that inauguration for newly elected officials must be done on the said date.
He was referring to Article VII, Section 4 of the Constitution, which stated that the new president and the vice president “shall be elected by direct vote of the people for a term of six years which shall begin at noon on the thirtieth day of June next following the day of the election and shall end at noon of the same date six years thereafter.”
“Two former presidents took their oaths at 11:45 a.m., not exactly at 12:00 so meaning to say, oaths can be taken earlier than that. What is stated is that number one, you can only assume office at exactly 12:00 on 30 June, and number two, you will recite your oath based on what is stated in the Constitution,” Garcia explained.
As Duterte-Carpio ascends to the vice presidency, she would also take the helm of the Department of Education (DepEd) under the new Marcos administration.
Duterte-Carpio clarified that her push for military service among students has nothing to do with her appointment as the next DepEd secretary.
“I would just like to remind the smarty-pants, that the Department of Education is all about basic education plus Alternative Learning System (ALS). So, it has nothing to do with ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps). There is no connection between the two,” Duterte-Carpio said on Davao City Disaster Radio.
Duterte-Carpio vowed to introduce reforms in DepEd to make Filipino learners competitive globally.
She also expressed that she is in favor of face-to-face graduation ceremonies even amid the Covid-19 pandemic.