- Robredo to take oath before Camarines Sur barangay chairman.
- Prosecutor Rosales on Robredo’s oath: “no force and effect” if a barangay chair administered it outside the village official’s jurisdiction.
- Incoming Camarines Sur Rep. Fortunato to Robredo: first [second]-highest official of the land ever to take her oath before the lowest elected chief executive, the [village chief]
Vice President–elect Leni Robredo wanted to take her oath before a Camarines Sur barangay chairman of the place where she became a congresswoman before winning the 2016 election.
Duterte has chosen to have simple rites at the Rizal Hall in the Malacañang Palace on June 30 for his own inauguration while Robredo will be sworn into office in a yet undisclosed location in Metro Manila, separate from President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, according to her staff.
Robredo, the outgoing representative of Camarines Sur’s third district, earlier announced that she chooses take her oath of office in the ‘smallest, poorest and farthest’ village in her district before Ronaldo Coner, chair of barangay Punta Tarawal in Calabanga town.
Camarines Sur Rep. Salvio Fortuno rejected the argument of Agapito Rosales, a retired Camarines Sur provincial prosecutor, who warned that Robredo’s oath would have “no force and effect” if a barangay chair administered it outside the village official’s jurisdiction.
Fortunato said that Prosecutor Rosales’s opinion was based mainly on an already superseded old law (Batas Pambansa 868) enacted in 1985.
Fortunato was the principal author of Republic Act No. 10755, which modified Executive Order No. 292, or the Administrative Code of 1987, to include punong barangay chairs among the authorities who could swear in public officials, including the President.
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The congressman reasoned that the amendatory law simply states that “the [barangay chair] is authorized to administer the oath of office to any government official, including the President of the Philippines.”
He also asked why it is necessary to amend the law if the intention is to limit the area or jurisdiction where the [barangay chair] could administer the oath to public officials.
Fortuno also admired Robredo for her decision to be sworn into office by a barangay chair, making her the first highest official ever to take her oath before the lowest elected chief executive, the village chief.
He said that the Vice President-elect Robredo recognizes the importance of barangay chairs by choosing them to administer her oath of office.
“Her simplicity and humility really precede her persona,” he concluded.