Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes said being chosen to administer the oath of office of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte is a “great honor.”
In an exclusive interview with The Manila Times, Reyes noted that it will be a “historical” event in his life to swear in the next president of the Philippines.
He said that it is a great honor not just for him but for his entire family as well.
“It is a historical event and will be a great honor for me and my family to administer the oath of President Duterte,” Reyes added over the weekend.
The SC magistrate said he was surprised that he was chosen to administer the oath of his fraternity brother in Lex Talionis Fraternity.
Reyes and SC Justice Jose Catral Mendoza were the founding members of the fraternity in the San Beda College of Law.
Duterte was a classmate of the two justices, who finished their law studies a year ahead of the incoming President.
Reyes said incoming Cabinet Secretary Bong Go informed him that he was chosen by the Davao City mayor to administer his oath of office on June 30 in Malacañang.
Reyes was a judge of a branch of the Malabon Regional Trial Court before being promoted as a justice of the Court of Appeals (CA) by former president Joseph Estrada. He was appointed as associate justice of the SC by President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
The batch of Duterte and Reyes was considered an outstanding one in the San Beda College of Law for it has now produced a President of the Philippines, two SC justices, two Court of Appeals (CA) justices, a justice of the Sandiganbayan and several judges of the lower courts.
Aside from Reyes and Duterte, other prominent and well-respected personalities in their batches are SC Justice Mendoza, CA Justices Noel Tijam and Francisco Acosta and Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Rodolfo Ponferrada.
Reyes and Mendoza are both retiring next year. Reyes was born on July 6, 1947 and shall retire on July 5, 2017 while Mendoza, who was born on August 13, 1947, shall retire on August 12, 2017.