Saturday, 19 June 2010

June 30 presidential inauguration protocol explained

Foreign heads of state gracing Aquino inaugural under wraps
June 18, 2010, 5:03pm

Presidential Management Staff (PMS) Director General Elena Bautista-Horn ... gave an overview of what will happen on inauguration day of President-elect Aquino, which is also the last day of President Arroyo in her nine-year term.

At around 10 a.m. on June 30, she said President-elect Aquino will fetch outgoing President Arroyo at the Palace. From the Palace, the two will board the presidential car, mostly likely the black Mercedez Benz with plate number 1, to the Quirino Grandstand.

President Arroyo will sit on the right passenger side while Aquino will seat on the left side. A driver and a security aide will join the two leaders in the short ride to the Quirino Grandstand.

Asked about the possible discussion of the two leaders in their short ride together, Bautista-Horn said she does not want to speculate.

She welcomed though the agreement of the two leaders to share a ride to the inaugural site on June 30 as part of the traditional turnover rites. “The inauguration is a once-in-a-lifetime event. It is also nice that tradition was kept that they will arrive on the same time,” she said.

Upon arrival at the Quirino Grandstand, she said President Arroyo will be given arrival honors by the military.

The two leaders will then shake hands, signaling the formal transfer of power to the next leadership.

Afterwards, Mrs. Arroyo will bid farewell to Aquino and will no longer stay for the rest of the oath-taking rites. She will not attend the Aquino’s inaugural reception at the Palace, Bautista-Horn said.

From the grandstand, she said the President will ride her own private car and possibly go to her residence in Quezon City or travel to Pampanga. The presidential car will stay for the use of President-elect Aquino in his return to the Palace.

“The inaugural ceremony is the day of the new President so he has to be the sole star in the show so let’s give him that. That’s the tradition,” the PMS chief said. The two leaders are not expected to give each other any tokens during the transfer of power.

Asked if the President is taking the risk of being heckled when she escorts Aquino to the grandstand, she said: “We are one country. If that happens, the political maturity of this country is sadly not there.”

1 comment:

  1. you said that the two leaders should shake hands,signaling the formal transfer of power to the next leadership, but why is it that President Aquino and Former President Arroyo didn't shake hands during the inauguration???have I mistaken?If not please answer why.Thank you!