Published: Wed, June 22, 2016
World | By Paul Elliott

OFWs can watch Duterte inauguration via Facebook livestream


Andanar said journalists are still off-limits from the ceremonial hall, but a number of private TV networks would be allowed to put up their equipment at the Malacañang grounds near Gate 4.

Mr. Andanar said they thought about livestreaming on Facebook because of Mr. Duterte's huge following on this social media platform. "Facebook will talk to their technical team...if they can tweak the settings", Mr. Andanar said.

Quitain, however, said the length of the inaugural speech might be changed, as Duterte might choose to shorten it further.

"The President still has full editorial control of the speech", Andanar said.

"But I am sure our written speech would share something exemplary to the country", Andanar said, adding that this speech is something that majority of Filipinos can relate to.

And for a person used to doing unscripted speeches, Duterte might use a teleprompter for his inauguration. "We're thinking very hard [about] the branding because this is the brand that we will be using for the next six years", Mr. Andanar said.

In its earlier statement, Facebook said that from November 20, 2015 to April 20, 2016, 17.9 million people globally engaged in conversations related to the Philippine elections. "With 51 million Filipinos on Facebook, it is just practical to stream it there". "It can be easily accessed especially by OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) and Filipinos all over the world", Abella said.

According to him, as part of the ceremony, outgoing President Benigno Aquino will welcome him in the morning inside the reception hall before Duterte signs the guest book.

Incoming presidents have by tradition been sworn in at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park, but Duterte said he does not want to cause traffic jams along Roxas Boulevard. "The President is a simple man, do not expect any champagne, caviar or blue cheese", Andanar said. Duterte will also have a meeting with the members of the diplomatic corps and he will be assisted by the foreign affairs secretary. He said he also can not confirm who among Duterte's family members will be standing besidehim during his oath taking.

Meanwhile, LED screens will be mounted in Davao City so that the residents will be able to monitor live the inauguration of Duterte.

Members of his Cabinet and councilors of Davao City were also invited but were strictly advised not to bring their spouses.

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