Finally, President Benigno Aquino 3rd has spoken: He will not seek another term.
In a forum with business executives in Makati City (Metro Manila) on Tuesday, Aquino said seeking another term will not solve the country’s problems.
“There are some quarters that were saying I should try and go for a second term. I don’t think that’s a right solution,” the President added.
“We all have a timecard in this world and we have to prepare for the eventuality of being called to meet our Maker. So, there has to be that continuation of people of like mind who will deliver on the promises that are real, not just self-serving or nice, pleasant to hear,” he said.
To ensure that the reforms he initiated will be sustained after 2016, the President added that he will vote for the “right candidate.”
He, however, did not name the candidate whom he will support but he asked business executives to elect the right leader.
“If I can ask you also to discern properly as to who is extolling populist sentiments with no substance as opposed to [one]who not only says the right things but who you can trust to delivering the same,” according to the President.
Aquino earlier said he would consult his “bosses” [the public]if they wanted him to seek another term, a possibility he first floated in a television interview in August.
He has since come under fire from critics, many of whom claimed he was destroying the legacy of his mother, late former President Corazon Aquino, who resisted calls for her to run again in 1992.
The Constitution bans a President from seeking another term.