‘Simple rites’ to set tone for Aquino’s 6 years

A SIMPLE inauguration, and one that hews to tradition. This is what President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III wants.

On June 30, there will be no sit-down dinner, just an inaugural reception, with a working lunch before Aquino’s first Cabinet meeting.

Aquino’s inauguration will be held at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park (formerly Luneta) in Manila.

Aquino will take his presidential oath at the grandstand in front of the Independence Flagpole and the Rizal Monument.

His inaugural speech will focus on restoring honesty and integrity in public service.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), meanwhile, will release a list of visiting heads of state who will be there for the inauguration.

Three East Asian leaders have confirmed their attendance at Aquino’s inauguration. They are Thai Prime Minister Aphisit Vejjajiva, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, and East Timor President Jose Ramos Horta. (PIA-Bohol)

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