Duterte leaves Malacañang, urges support for Marcos admin

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 30) — President Rodrigo Duterte left Malacañang as chief executive for the last time Thursday, just hours before the inauguration of President-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

Duterte arrived at the Palace early to welcome his successor. The two would meet prior to the inaguration and for the outgoing president to witness Marcos sign the Presidential guest book before assuming his new post.

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Marcos arrived past 10 a.m. and was welcomed by Duterte and photographers who captured the event.

After signing the guest book, the two were ushered into a separate room, along with Duterte's Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Senator Bong Go, and Atty. Vic Rodriguez — Marcos' spokesperson and incoming executive secretary.

The two spoke briefly before walking to the Palace grounds where Duterte bid the Honor Guards and Cabinet Secretaries goodbye for the last time

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After the ceremonies, both leaders shook hands before President Duterte boarded a black SUV and left Malacañang — his home for the past six years as the country's top official.

Reflecting on his stint as chief executive, Duterte said he has “assembled one of the best Cabinets” in Philippine history.

But now as a regular citizen, Duterte called on the public to give all-out support for the incoming Marcos administration.

“Tulungan natin sila. Tulungan natin si Marcos [Let’s help them. Let’s help Marcos],” he said in a chance interview.

Duterte visited a mall in Makati after leaving the Palace, and was expected to head to Davao in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, Marcos took his oath as the Philippines’ 17th president at noontime.