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Although only around 500 guests will be around to personally witness the inauguration of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on June 30, ordinary citizens could have a chance to watch the historic event on Facebook if talks on the matter prosper.
Incoming Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said he will be meeting officials of the social networking giant soon to discuss how Duterte’s oath-taking ceremony could be broadcast to a wider audience.
“I’m meeting with the guys from Facebook. They’re flying over and they’re offering, they’re proposing to stream the entire event, the entire inaugural,” he told broadcast journalist Karen Davila over ANC’s “Headstart” on Friday (June 17).
Duterte will take his oath in simple rites at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang.
Andanar, a former news anchor, noted that streaming Duterte’s inauguration on Facebook is just one of the modern ways the incoming administration is trying to communicate with the President-elect’s fanbase, most of whom actively campaigned for him on social media.
The online streaming of the President-elect’s oath-taking will likely not be the last of Facebook’s collaboration with the incoming administration as Andanar said he will propose the use of the social networking site for broadcasting Duterte’s public briefings and other government announcements.