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noynoy aquino oath taking – upholding principles

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.

Lone dissenter

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.


  1. Enrico Navea
    June 19, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    AJ Morales should not accept the request of Noynoy to administer the oath for him. We are talking about ethics when Arroyo appointed Corona but Morales has no etiquette at all. Whether we like it or not, the appointment of Corona is legal. She accepted it while Aquino is declaring war against the institution where she belong. She should decline the request and she should suggest instead that Aquino must recognize Corona even if she is the lone dissenter. Aquino is very rude.

    • vhernadine coloma
      July 3, 2010 at 6:36 pm

      sorry! but ARROYO is much more rude……..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      what side do you belong AQUINO or arroyo????

  2. June 20, 2010 at 5:04 am

    What made Morales to be labeled as “no etiquette at all”? Is it her mere acceptance of the invitation? Do we know Morales as a person and as a justice? If you will say that Arroyo has no etiquette at all, I might agree. That is because she had already shown the whole philosophy that she follows, not just through one decision but through all the injustices and lack of delicadeza that she is guilty of. To dissent to the majority’s decision does not in any means declaring war against the institution itself, so neither Morales nor Aquino declared war against the Supreme Court itself. There should be no ethical issue with Morales’s acceptance of the honor. What she should not do is to decline because of peer pressure for it will show that her stand in the defense of justice depends on what the majority might think and not on what she believes is right.

    “…she should suggest instead that Aquino must recognize Corona…”
    Does Aquino not recognize Corona as the lawful chief justice? I never heard of that. But whether he does or does not, Corona’s appointment is still a show of tactless imprudence. Now, if the term “recognize” here refers to Corona’s “right” to administer Aquino’s Oath of Office, let us just make it clear that it is not his right. It is not mandatory that the president-elect should take the oath before the chief justice. Claudio Teehankee was also an associate justice when he administered the Oath of Office of the late president Cory Aquino. The rationale for Noynoy’s decision is more than enough. On the part of both Aquino and Morales, the gestures are what we would authentically call “a stand”.

    • June 20, 2010 at 6:27 am

      To dissent to the majority’s decision does not, in any way, mean declaring war against the institution itself, so neither Morales nor Aquino declared war against the Supreme Court itself.

  3. June 20, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Whatever!!!! Arroyo and Aquino are no difference…They are just the same…No parade??? pakitang gilas, at kunwarian lang yan…To impress people that they are for the poor masses..after year or so..lalabas din ang sungay nyan…With his sister Kristita on his side. kaawa awang Bansa….Thank you.

    • Donesquire
      June 30, 2010 at 1:04 pm

      They may be starting with the same first letter and the same last letter. And they may have the same number of letters for their last name, but I think it is without a doubt hastily unintelligent to conclude that they are no different. Logic alone can’t concur with with your unfounded/baseless assertion Lady. What is the purpose of the right to vote and the national election if all candidates or those who will be newly seated/elected are the same with their predecessors? More, don’t you think that we would be too dumb to take our time choosing who’s who when they are no different from each other?

      Let us not limit our intelligence and confidence by coming up with unfounded allegations and yet-to-confirm claims.

      Put it this way, it is like comparing one woman to the other.:-) If Woman A is , ehemmm, then Woman B is the same. Like it?:-) What if the “ehemm” that I am talking about are the unlikable traits of Woman A, would you like to be the same with Woman A if you are Woman B?:-)

      My Two Cents.:-)

  4. June 20, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Roselyn naman! Can we just take a wait-and-see approach instead of outright judgement?

  5. Donesquire
    June 30, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Also with Noynoy’s intent to have Morales and not Corona in the Oath-taking, unless Noynoy is violating a law, let us just respect the president.
    Corona must do the same, and so goes with you all who are against it.

    Different is not synonymous to Wrong. Unique is not the same with Bad.

  6. vhernadine coloma
    July 3, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    well many people believes in what pres. aquino promised.. including myself, i believe that pres. noy will do much more BETTER than the ARROYO ADMINISTRATION, before she was PGMA now she’s CGMA why? because she doesn’t like to let aquino and the others to be the leaders of this country she just wanted to get some money from our pockets i maybe hurting some of you but i just wanted to tell you that AQUINO ADMINISTRATION will make our country not maybe the best but he will make this country better… many of you is telling that they are the same and they will just continue corruption but i believe that pres. aquino will stop it and put the people in jail if they don’t stop on corrupting…. before anyone of us tell negative to the newest pres. we mujst put our eyes on him first let’s observe him… i know many of us believes on him….. PRES> NOYNOY AQUINO.. “laban”. please don’t ever break your promise.. we are here supporting you…..

  7. shane barrientos
    July 3, 2010 at 6:40 pm


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