PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd has no plans of extending his term even by a day thus a “No-El” or no elections scenario would be farfetched, Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda on Monday.
In fact, Lacierda said Aquino is counting the days until he steps down.
“It’s 206 days left. So we would like to hand over the government to the next administration, whoever the people choose to succeed President Aquino,” he told reporters.
“We are counting the number of days left. How many days do we have? We have 206 days left and we cannot wait to leave–for the President to take his long-delayed break,” Lacierda said.
The Palace official said the remarks of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista about the possible postponement of the elections should not be the subject of speculation or apprehension.
Bautista warned of a possible postponement of the May 2016 polls if the Supreme Court (SC) will not lift the temporary restraining order (TRO) on the “No Bio, No Boto” policy of the poll body.
The Comelec chair said they will send their answer to the SC this week hopefully for the tribunal to immediately decide on it.
Lacierda said he believes that the parties involved in the case, including the SC itself, would like the elections to continue.
“We will defer to the Supreme Court… Our only position is we would like the elections to push through as mandated by the Constitution. So, all the parties whether the Comelec, whether the Supreme Court, all of them, certainly, will have that interest in mind, that elections must push through and as mandated under the 1987 Constitution,” he explained.
Lacierda emphasized that despite some glitches, the Palace is confident that the elections will push through.
“This is something that people are looking forward to in May of 2016. So we would certainly like the elections to push through,” he pointed out.