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article imageHeads of state coming to Manila for president Aquino's inaugural

By Leo Reyes     Jun 20, 2010 in Politics
Heads of state of the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have been invited to attend the swearing-in of Philippines' newly elected president Noynoy Aquino on June 30.
Manila Standard reports:
Their visit was discussed in a meeting of Malacañang officials and Aquino’s team at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, where the inauguration will be held, Presidential Management Staff director-general Elena Bautista said.
“Preparations have begun for the arrival of the heads of state who have already confirmed their attendance, but out of respect for the president-elect, we would prefer that the Aquino transition team be the one to identify these heads of state,” Bautista said.
Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejajjiva, along with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta have so far confirmed their attendance.
President-elect Noynoy Aquino's inauguration will be held at the Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park in Manila
Supreme Court justice Conchita Carpio-Morales will administer Aquino's oath of office.
Before the inaugural, the president-elect will proceed to Manila Memorial Park to attend a thanksgiving mass at the grave of his parents. The president-elect is the only son of democracy icons Sen.Benigno Aquino, Jr. and former president Corazon Aquino.
Aquino will have his first cabinet meeting (working launch) in Malacanang Palace right after the inauguration. A victory party will be held at the Quezon City Memorial circle in the evening.
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