Aquino ready to turn over power to Duterte as president  — Coloma

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Outgoing President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III says he is "ready to leave" Malacañan on June 30 as the six-year term of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte begins.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — On June 30, Filipinos will witness a presidential inaugural tradition that dates back to the first Philippine President after World War II.

President Benigno Aquino III will transfer power then to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte as the country’s new head of state.

Handang-handa na siyang lumisan sa araw ng Huwebes, ika-30 ng Hunyo,” Presidential Spokesman Sonny Coloma said Thursday.

[Translation: "He is very much ready to leave on Thursday, 30th of June."]

Coloma said Aquino and Duterte will meet before the latter takes his oath as the country’s 16th President.

Following tradition that was started by President Manuel Roxas, the incoming President fetches the incumbent President from Malacañan Palace.

During the transition from the Commonwealth Government under the Americans to the new Republic of the Philippines on July 4, 1946, Roxas fetched President Sergio Osmeña from Malacañan and then, together, proceeded to the venue of his inauguration. This gesture demonstrates the continuity of government.

In the case of President Aquino, his departure from Malacañang accompanied by Duterte, marks the formal act of leaving office by the outgoing President. To demonstrate this, Aquino will descend the main stairs of the Palace for the last time as president.

Duterte will symbolically mark the start of his presidency by climbing the same stairs later in the day.

Sa aking batid ay maoobseerbahan naman ang tradisyon na ito at magkakaron ng pagkakataon na magkita si Pangulong Aquino at si President-elect Duterte bago manumpa sa tungkulin ang bagong Pangulo,” Coloma said.

[Translation: From what I know, we’ll be able to observe this tradition and there will be a chance for President Aquino and President-elect Duterte to meet before the latter takes his oath as the new president.]

Coloma said Aquino will leave the country with an improved economy boosted by his administration over the past six years.

Ang pinakamatingkad na natamo natin ay yung taguri sa atin na ‘Asia's rising star’ mula sa dating tawag na ‘Sick man of Asia,’” Coloma said.

[Translation: "The most notable achievement is that we’ve become known as the ‘Asia’s rising star’ from our previous moniker as ‘Sick man of Asia.’"]

Maria Arra Perez contributed to this report.