The Presidential Oath
November 16, 2011 1 Comment
“I do solemnly swear [or affirm] that I will faithfully and conscientiously fulfill my duties as President [or Vice-President or Acting President] of the Philippines, preserve and defend its Constitution, execute its laws, do justice to every man, and consecrate myself to the service of the Nation. So help me God…”
On the 30th of June every six years, elected Presidents of the country say this oath with his/her right hand raised and the left hand rested on the Scripture. This is the summary of their obligation to the Filipino people and the Almighty. This may, for some, just be a ceremony or a ritual prior to accession to presidency, but this is the President’s contract with the people.
Many of our Presidents have sworn using this exact words, while others have used a form similar to it; but in all versions of this oath the President’s commitment to be the executor of justice and preserver of the Laws are always pronounced.
Today, President Aquino and his cohorts have violated almost every line of this oath. The injustice committed against former President and Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo by not allowing her to fly overseas to seek medical treatment is the most perfect example of infidelity to this promise.
“…I will faithfully and conscientiously fulfill my duties as President of the Philippines…”
Noynoy Aquino fulfilled his duty as President, but what he did, even to the rudest critics of CGMA, were in violation of his actual duties.
“…preserve and defend its Constitution…”
Noynoy Aquino violated the constitution by violating section 6, Article III of the constitution, which protects every Filipino’s right to travel.
“…execute its laws…”
When the Supreme Court, the interpreter of the laws of the land, issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against his cohort’s directive, his cohorts ignore it. How do these actions equal or fulfill this part of the oath?
“…do justice to every man…”
The line is clear, but Noynoy perhaps understood it as “do justice to every man except Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her family”.
“…consecrate myself to the service of the nation…”
The simple ignoring of a Court directive demonstrates that this administration will not put the national interest FIRST if it does not align with its propaganda. They consecrate themselves to nothing but to the service and benefit of themselves.
IMO, President Noynoy Aquino has violated this oath, and has broken his vow to the people. He has promised to bring us to the well-paved road, never telling us that it will be filled with crime and leadership weakness. He has told us that we are his boss, but acting in the contrary thereof. He has committed to serve this nation, but has done nothing even close to it. Thank God I was given the wisdom not to vote for this man.
Allow me to leave you with a quote from the former President herself, in her final State of the Nation Address:
“…I know what to do, as I have shown, I will defend democracy with arms when it is threatened by violence; with firmness when it is weakened by division; with law and order where it is subverted by anarchy; and always, I will try to sustain it by wise policies of economic progress, so that a democracy means not just an empty liberty but a full life for all….”
And she did. Noynoy Aquino, it’s your time.