By: Elena Grace Flores
President-elect Duterte is now noted to break traditions if not suited with his way of doing things. Mind you, so as outgoing President Noynoy Aquino – when he refused the late CJ Corona to administer his oath and replaced with Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales instead.
Now the question lies whether President Duterte will follow through and go ahead with his inauguration under fellow Davao native Sereno or someone else. This is actually something to keep an eye on June 30, 2016.
It looks like the soon to be President can have his own choice as per The Manila Times’ feature on what the law says; Article VII, Section 5:
“Before they enter on the execution of their office, the President, the Vice-President, or the Acting President shall take the following oath or affirmation: “I do solemnly swear [or affirm] that I will faithfully and conscientiously fulfill my duties as President [or Vice-President or Acting President] of the Philippines, preserve, protect and defend its Constitution, execute its laws, do justice to every man, and consecrate myself to the service of the Nation. So help me God.”
The President’s term of office will last for exactly 6 long years under normal circumstances!