The venue once housed the Legislative Building which protesters surrounded to oppose the early years of Marcos’ father’s dictatorship
MANILA, Philippines – Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will be sworn in as the 17th President of the Philippines at the National Museum on June 30, his side announced Thursday, June 2.
It is unclear whether the swearing-in will take place indoors or outdoors, but according to the new presidential leadership personnel secretary, Naida Angping, “the building and its surroundings meet our requirements for the inauguration of President-elect Marcos”.
“Preparations are already in full swing to ensure he will be ready by then,” Angping said.
Marcos was elected by 31 million people or an overwhelming 58% of the vote, the first majority president to be elected in the country.
The National Museum, located in the heart of Manila, has a picturesque white neoclassical facade with a flagpole in the center. The driveway and entrance to the museum are elevated.
Camp Marcos in a press release called it a “historic place.”
“Formerly known as the Old Legislative Building, it served as the venue for the inauguration of former Presidents Manuel L. Quezon (1935), Jose P. Laurel (1943), and Manuel Roxas (1946),” the official said. Marcos press release. .
Marcos’ father, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr., presided over the Senate as President of the Senate in the same building.
But when Marcos Sr. won a second presidential term in 1969, it was also where protesters gathered to oppose his leadership, marking the start of the first quarter storm or a period of civil unrest in the country.
A massive student rally surrounded the Old Legislative Building on January 26, 1970, the same facade that may have seen the son sworn in on June 30.
The National Museum, the former legislative building, was the site of a massive protest in 1970 led by the likes of Edgar Jopson that sparked the storm of the first quarter and led to the declaration of martial law in 1972.
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The first-term storm eventually led Marcos Sr. to declare martial law in 1972, a dark time for the Philippines but which the family had tried to rebrand as a golden age as part of a campaign to return to the power. Marcos Sr. abolished Congress through the 1973 Constitution, a railroad charter that was upheld by the Supreme Court in a decision still accused today of enabling repressive dictatorship.
If Marcos Jr were to be inaugurated in the old indoor session hall, it would still be in the shadow of his history padlocked in 1973 when his father abolished Congress.
When Marcos Sr passed the 1973 Constitution, the opposition went to Congress – now the National Museum – and found it locked. Two months later, the Supreme Court of Javellana against ES upheld the Consti of 1973, accused until today of enabling the repressive regime.
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The first plan was for Marcos to take the oath at the Quirino Rostrum, the same venue as the dictator’s inauguration. But the area is still home to several COVID-19 field hospitals.
“The safety and well-being of our employees is paramount. Thus, we have chosen not to disrupt the medical care of the COVID-19 patients who are accommodated there. That’s why we opted for the National Museum as the venue,” Angping said.
Who will administer the oath?
Usually, Supreme Court justices administer the oath of presidents — Bienvenido Reyes for Rodrigo Duterte, Conchita Carpio Morales for Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, Hilario Davide for post-EDSA II Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Supreme Court spokesman Brian Keith Hosaka said Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo’s office had not received any requests, “but I don’t know with the associate justices’ offices.”
Other government officials, including mayors and even barangay captains, are empowered by Republic Act 10755 to administer the President’s Oath. – Rappler.com