Carpio-Morales is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines first
appointed in September 2002. She administered the oath of office to the incoming
President Benigno Aquino
Traditionally, it is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court who administers the
oath of office to the incoming President and the Vice President, however, President
Benigno Aquino III refused to allow Chief Justice Renato Corona to swear him into
office, due to Aquino's opposition to the midnight appointment of Corona by outgoing
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo two days after the 2010 elections.
Aquino requested Associate Justice Carpio-Morales, who opposed the midnight appointment
of Corona, to swear him into office.