President-elect Rodrigo Duterte never considered taking his oath before Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno, even when he was just a candidate.
In her Philippine Star column published Monday (June 20), newspaper editor Marichu Villanueva said Duterte’s choice on who would administer his oath was a toss-up between two of his fraternity brothers and classmates at the San Beda College of Law Class 1972.
Namely, the President-elect wanted either SC Associate Justice Jose Mendoza or Bienvenido Reyes to swear him into office.
Villanueva said Duterte made his choices known during The Philippine Star’s interview with him in the thick of the campaign season.
Both Mendoza and Reyes were Duterte’s “brods” from the Lex Talionis fraternity.
Last week, incoming Special Assistant to the President Bong Go said Reyes would administer Duterte’s oath during his inauguration at the Rizal Hall of Malacañang on June 30.
With the exception of President Benigno Aquino III, past presidents were traditionally sworn into office by the Chief Justice.
In 2010, Aquino took his oath before then-SC Associate Justice Conchita Carpio Morales in an apparent protest of what he believed to be the late Chief Justice Renato Corona’s appointment as head of the judiciary.