Vice President-elect Binay may take oath with Chief Justice Corona

June 10, 2010 8:07 pm 

MANILA, June 10 — While President-elect Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III will take his oath of office before Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales, Vice President-elect Jejomar Binay could take his oath before Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Aquino earlier joined several groups in questioning President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's prerogative in appointing the Chief Justice when Chief Justice Reynato Puno retired on May 17, 2010.

Aquino said that he will seek the impeachment of Corona for accepting an otherwise invalid appointment.

He also said that he will take his oath before a barangay chairman.

However, he changed his mind and decided to take his oath before Carpio-Morales, the lone dissenter in the SC ruling allowing President Arroyo to appoint the Chief Justice despite the appointment ban under the Constitution.

Meanwhile, in an ambush interview, Corona said that someone from Binay's camp already asked for his direct line and said it could be about the oathtaking.

However, Corona said that he has not spoken directly to Binay yet.

Corona added that Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, Caloocan City Mayor Enrico "Recom" Echiverri and Mandaluyong City Mayor Benjamin "Benhur" Abalos Jr. will take their respective oath of office before him.

Corona also reiterated that his position remains the same that it is Aquino's prerogative with whom to take his oath of office. (PNA)

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