An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has strongly opposed a proposal to give President Benigno Aquino 3rd another term, saying the country needs a new leader.
Bishop Broderick Pabillo, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Manila and chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Social Action, Justice and Peace of the CBCP, on Tuesday said many Filipinos want to replace Aquino and elect a new leader.
“Gusto nga natin palitan na ng bagong mukha naman at bagong pamumuno at pamamaraan [We want a new face and a new leadership],” Pabillo added.
He pointed out that lawmakers who benefited from the Aquino administration are behind the online campaign that seeks one more term for the President.
“Sila ang may gusto nun, iyong mga politicians na nandiyan. Tingnan niyo, ayaw nila ipasa yung anti-political dynasty, FOI [Freedom of Information] bill at sila lang yung mga nakikinabang diyan [Only politicians want that. See, they refuse to pass the anti-political dynasty and FOI bills],” Pabillo said.
A few days after the President delivered his State of the Nation Address (SONA) last July 28, some of his supporters posted comments on the official Facebook page of the President calling for another term for him.
Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., however, said the President has no intention to run again and that he is committed to serve his “bosses” in a single six-year term as stated in the Constitution.
But Pabillo believes that Malacañang officials are behind the campaign to extend Aquino’s term.
“They are testing the waters. [The] online campaign, [they are the ones doing that],” he said.