According to the Inquirer.net Editor, the issue of Aquino’s swearing into the Office of the President is “settled“.
MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court
has apparently accepted presumptive presidential winner Sen. Benigno Aquino III’s declared intention to take his oath before a magistrate other than Chief Justice Renato Corona to underscore his opposition to Corona’s appointment by outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Aquino’s reported choice of Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales to swear him in at least acknowledges the Supreme Court as a co-equal branch of government, said court administrator and spokesperson Midas Marquez.
Capio-Morales is known as “the only magistrate who dissented against the high court’s March 17 ruling giving Ms Arroyo the right to appoint the successor to Chief Justice Reynato Puno who retired last May 17”. What does this mean? It means that to President-Elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, it is still all about personalities.
Still the brat that he is, after realising that getting himself sworn in by a Barangay Captain will only make him an even bigger chump than he already is, Noynoy grudgingly agrees to be sworn in by a Supreme Court official — one who is mabango (savory) in his personal book (never mind with regard to the Office he represents).
Who’s he fooling? Does he think that a move like this will give everyone the impression that he actually respects the institution of the Supreme Court?
Imagine being invited to dine in the home of a friend whose spouse you are not in good terms with. Do you accept the invitation, or not? If you do, would you be able to envision yourself sitting through an entire dinner without speaking to your friend’s spouse?
By agreeing to be sworn in by Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales, Noynoy Aquino indicates that he recognises the high court in principle. Indeed, why else would he agree to this option? But then get this: apparently Noynoy recognises the house, but not the head of the house. The way Noynoy Aquino plans to approach his oath-taking can be likened to dining in a home without acknowledging the presence of the spouse of the host (if not the head of the household). One Filipino word: bastos (“rude”).
The more pwede-na-yan solutions Noynoy’s little brain thinks up, the more logical convolutions he creates.
If Noynoy Aquino is adamant about not recognising the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, then indeed, the more sensible option for him is to take his oath of office with a Barangay Captain as he originally said he would. That way, he cannot be accused of not exhibiting that virtue known as delicadeza, a virtue so revered and so often bandied around by the sort of judgmental bozos that infest our lot, those who see themselves as guardians of that laughable oxymoron: Filipino tradition.
Has the “issue” been settled Mr Inquirer Editor? Considering that it was your presidential manok that made what could have been a non-issue into a BIG ISSUE, it comes across as a bit funny that you now stumble all over yourselves to prematurely declare this “issue” as “settled”.