All systems go for P-noy's inauguration

June 30, 2010 12:24 pm 

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, June 30 –- Expect the newly-refurbished Quirino Granstand to turn yellow as all systems go for the inauguration of President-elect Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Cojuangco Aquino III as the country’s 15th President on Wednesday.

People, mostly clad in yellow, have started to fill up the Quirino grandstand as early as 5 a.m. despite intermittent rains brought by intertropical convergence zone affecting central and southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

According to television reports, both President-elect Aquino and Vice-President-elect Jejomar "Jojo" Binay have started preparing as early as 6 a.m. for their inauguration.

Aquino, son of former President Corazon Aquino, is set to leave his home at Times St. in Quezon City going to Malacanang at 9:45 a.m.

From Malacanang, the incoming President and outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will proceed at the Quirino grandstand on board the presidential car.

Outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will be given honors at 10:55 a.m. before leaving the Quirino grandstand, symbolizing her official departure as Chief Executive. Arroyo was elected representative of the 2nd district of Pampanga.

Binay is set to arrive at 10:30 p.m. on board an E-jeep, one of his projects as mayor of Makati City.

Supreme Court justice Conchita Carpio-Morales will administer the Oath of Office to President-elect Aquino who garnered more 15 million votes in the last May 10 elections.

After his inaugural address, Aquino will take a pledge of allegiance entitled "Panata sa Pagbabago" with singers/composers Noel Cabangon and Olgie Alcasid to sing the inaugural song "Bagong Pilipinas."

Accompanied by his Cabinet members, Aquino will return to Malacanang to officialy start his six-year term as the country’s new President.

The President-elect will have lunch with his special guests, including foreign dignitaries, local officials, their families and Cabinet secretaries at the Kalayaan Hall.

Aquino will preside the first Cabinet meeting at 3:30 p.m. He named members of his Cabinet last Tuesday.

The presidential party is set to attend inaugural concert and street party at 9 p.m. at the Quezon City Memorial Circle. (PNA) V3/jfm

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