The Manila Times : Rizal Park eyed for BBM inauguration

By Bernadette E. Tamayo and Francis Earl Cueto | The Manila Times

(UPDATED) THE family of President-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. wants his inauguration on June 30 held at Rizal Park's Quirino Grandstand for "sentimental reasons."

Sen. Maria Imelda Josefa "Imee" Marcos said in a radio interview on Sunday it was at Quirino Grandstand where their father, the late president Ferdinand Marcos Sr., held his major public appearances.

Marcos Sr. was also sworn in as the country's 10th president at the storied venue in 1965.

The senator said the family has discussed the matter with Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso.

However, the senator said that the weather has been "uncooperative" during the past weeks.

"Kaya nag-dadalawang isip ang sister ko dahil nga umuulan (That's why my sister was having second thoughts because it was raining [lately])," Imee said, referring to her sister, Irene Marcos-Araneta.

She said Irene is in charge of preparations for the event.

Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto 3rd appointed Imee as one of the members of the Senate contingent to the National Board of Canvassers that counted the votes for the 2022 presidential and vice presidential elections.

Other venues that the Marcos family considered include the Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila, and the National Museum which used to be the old Senate Building.

"But traditionally kasi, ang tatay ko lagi (my father always) held his major public engagements sa Quirino [Grandstand]," she said.

"So ang gusto kasi namin, ang (What we want, the) number one criteria sana eh (is that it should be held) outdoor," Imee said.

She also raised the need to prevent the people from being exposed to Covid-19.

Also on Sunday, Philippine National Police spokesman BGen. Roderick Alba said the police is making its own preparations for the inauguration of Marcos and Vice President-elect Sara Duterte-Carpio.

Alba said the Presidential Security Group is handling the security aspect of the inaugurations.

He said the number of security personnel to be assigned to the event is confidential.

Duterte-Carpio has chosen Davao City as the venue for her inauguration on June 19.

She said she plans to have her oath-taking on San Pedro St., fronting City Hall, where the city's major activities like Araw ng Dabaw and Kadayawan sa Davao are held.

Duterte-Carpio said her team is finalizing the details of the oath-taking ceremony.

She said the city is instrumental in shaping her as a public servant.

The presidential daughter served as vice mayor from 2007 to 2010, mayor from 2010 until 2013, elected as mayor in 2016 when her father ran for president, and was reelected in 2019 with youngest brother Sebastian as the vice mayor.

She has not revealed the personalities invited to her inauguration.

Meanwhile, San Jose del Monte City Rep. Florida "Rida" Robes promised to support incoming President Marcos' legislative measures.

"I know he will do well for the country and I will pray for him. I know he will do good because he has a good heart and I will be here to support his legislative measures to help our country recover and bring a more inclusive and sustainable future for every Filipino," Robes, who was reelected last May, was quoted in a statement issued on Sunday.

The 19th Congress will start on July 25.

Robes said her city and the entire Bulacan province delivered an "overwhelming win" for Marcos and Duterte-Carpio.

Over 143,000 votes were cast for Marcos in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, data from the Commission on Elections showed. Over 134,000 votes were cast for Duterte-Carpio in the same city.

The congressional tally showed that 1,040,157 voted for Marcos in Bulacan, and 881,722 for Duterte-Carpio.

Robes said over 21 mayors of Bulacan supported the UniTeam of Marcos and Duterte-Carpio.

WITH REINA C. TOLENTINO