Duterte to take oath before SC Justice Reyes

Paterno Esmaquel II
Like President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, SC Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes studied law at San Beda College in Manila

SCHOOLMATES. President-elect Rodrigo Duterte (left) is set to take his oath on June 30 before Supreme Court Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes (right). File photo of Duterte from the Davao City Mayor's Office/EPA; file photo of Reyes from the SC website

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will take his oath on June 30 before Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes, the Duterte camp said.

Duterte aide Christopher “Bong” Go, special assistant to the president-elect and member of the inaugural committee, confirmed this to reporters on Thursday, June 16.

Rappler asked Go why Reyes was chosen to administer Duterte’s oath. Go has not responded to our question as of posting time.

Like Duterte, Reyes studied law at San Beda College in Manila. Duterte and Reyes also belonged to the Lex Talionis fraternity in San Beda.

Reyes was born in Obando, Bulacan, on July 6, 1947. He started as a private lawyer after passing the Bar in 1971. He then became a regional trial court judge in 1990, and rose to become associate justice of the Court of Appeals in 2000.

The 68-year-old Reyes was appointed by outgoing President Benigno Aquino III to the SC in 2011.

Vice President-elect Leni Robredo, on the other hand, will be sworn in by Captain Ronaldo Coner of Barangay Punta Tarawal, Calabanga, in Camarines Sur. 

The Robredo camp describes this village as “the smallest, farthest, and poorest barangay” in Robredo’s province.

Duterte and Robredo will be inaugurated separately on June 30, the day they officially assume office. – Rappler.com

Paterno Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II, news editor of Rappler, specializes in covering religion and foreign affairs. He obtained his MA Journalism degree from Ateneo and later finished MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at pat.esmaquel@rappler.com.