there will be a lot of words used to describe noynoy aquino’s decision to have Supreme Court Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales to administer his out of office rather than SC Chief Justice renato corona, but for us this is how we will put it – it is noynoy aquino’s declaration that what it is all about is upholding of principles and what is right.
renato corona is the poster boy of president arroyo’s midnight appointment binge. while corona’s appointment as SC chief did not have any legal impediment and was allowed by the SC in a decision, it is not absolved on the basis of morals and delicadeza.
aquino does not want to have his oath taking as president tainted by corona administering the oath. he would rather have the lone justice who disagreed with the SC decision to allow corona to be appointed administer it to him even if it detracts from tradition.
to us, it is a bold and admirable declaration of independent thinking and determination to be on the side of principles and what is right. this may very well be the defining moment of the aquino administration and very well done that it is happening on the very first second of the start of aquino’s presidency.
Lady justice to administer Aquino oath
The honor is mine,’ says Morales
By Dona Pazzibugan, Christine O. Avendaño
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:28:00 06/19/2010
MANILA, Philippines — Supreme Court Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales has officially accepted President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s request that she swear him into office on June 30, in what could yet be the most high-profile snub of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s “midnight appointee,” Chief Justice Renato Corona.
Carpio-Morales—who will hold the distinction of being the Philippines’ first woman justice of the high court to swear in a President—told Aquino in a five-paragraph letter sent at around 10 a.m. Friday that she was accepting his “gracious invitation.”
“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,” Carpio-Morales wrote Aquino.
“Please consider this as an acceptance of your gracious invitation. The honor is mine,” she said.
Carpio-Morales had instructed her staff not to release to the media a copy of her letter. But she apparently did not pose an objection to the Aquino camp’s making it public.
In her letter, Carpio-Morales thanked Aquino for his “kind words in describing what I consider to be a plain performance of an official function—to uphold and defend the Constitution—which is part of the sworn duty of all public servants in this country.”
“Your parents, themselves public servants, bequeathed a lasting legacy and left an indelible imprint in the life of the nation. What better tribute to them than a life of selfless service to the Filipino people they so dearly loved?” she said, referring to the late President Corazon Aquino and martyred Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.