MANILA, June 4  (Mabuhay) –Vice President-elect Sara Duterte will have her inauguration in Davao City on June 19, her office announced Saturday.

The inauguration will be held at San Pedro Square starting at 3 p.m. and will end at 11 p.m. The public will be allowed in the area beginning at 2 p.m.

The event will start with a thanksgiving Mass at 3 p.m. at the San Pedro Cathedral to be attended by Archbishop Romulo Valles.

Duterte’s camp said the Mass will be shown via livestream on LED walls on San Pedro Street reaching the corner of CM Recto and Anda Streets, Bolton Street, and up to the corner of Magallanes and Rizal Streets.

This will be followed by the inaugural ceremony at 4:30 p.m. at the stage area. Duterte will be sworn into office as the 15th vice president of the Philippines by Supreme Court Justice Ramon Paul Hernando.

The Musikahan-Pasasalamat concert will then start at 6 p.m. which will be participated in by a number of artists, among them Andrew E, Isay Alvarez, Robert Seña, Njel de Mesa, and Wency Cornejo. Giselle Sanchez will be the host of the program.

Duterte’s camp reminded the public to observe health and safety protocols such as wearing of face masks, sanitizing hands regularly, and practicing cough and sneezing etiquette.

All those attending the event will go through security screening at entry points.

Attendees are advised not to wear backpacks and jackets and not to bring pointed objects.

A separate area will be made available for persons with disability, senior citizens, and visibly pregnant women.

Meanwhile, several streets around the Davao City Hall and neighboring areas will be closed to motorists on June 18 to 19 for the event. Motorists are advised to expect heavy traffic.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte, was proclaimed winner of the vice presidential race in Eleksyon 2022 on May 25.

Sara Duterte won the polls with 32,208,417 votes.

Her tandem partner, former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., was proclaimed winner of the presidential race.

Their terms will begin on June 30.

Duterte earlier said she wanted to honor her fellow Davaoenos by making them actually witness her oath-taking as vice president.

San Pedro Square is already being readied for the inauguration.  (MNS)

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