Justice Morales accepts request to swear in Aquino

June 18, 2010 8:23 pm 

By Priam F. Nepomuceno

MANILA, June 18 – Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales on Friday accepted the request of President-elect Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III for her to administer his oath of office on June 30.

She will be the first woman to swear-in a Philippine president and a non-Chief Justice to do the task.

In her letter to Aquino, Carpio-Morales said she was honored to have her administer the presidential oath.

“Please consider this as an acceptance of your gracious invitation. The honor is mine,” Carpio-Morales told the President-elect.

Carpio-Morales also congratulated Aquino and wished him success in his presidency.

“As you enter on the execution of your office, I wish that you make good use of your family’s and our country’s patrimony of intangibles – the common heritage of moral courage and good judgment – which cannot be matched by any amount of affluence and can sustain you in the political road ahead,” she said.

Morales was the lone dissenter in the March 17 decision of the SC allowing President Arroyo to appoint the successor of then Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno.

Aquino said he and Carpio-Morales were of the same opinion that Arroyo’s designation of Chief Justice Renato Corona as replacement for Puno, who retired last May 17, was in violation of the constitutional ban on midnight appointments.

But the SC, voting 9-1 with three justices inhibiting and two others saying the case was premature, ruled that appointments to the high tribunal are not covered by Section 15, Article VII of the 1987 Constitution, which prohibits the President from making appointments during the election ban that started last March 10 and ends on June 30. (PNA)



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