• Cha-cha stand not ‘political mischief’– Palace

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     President Benigno Aquino 3rd delivers his speech during the briefing on the infrastructure projects in Oriental Mindoro in Barangay Talipanan, Puerto Galera on Friday. MALACAÑANG PHOTO

    President Benigno Aquino 3rd delivers his speech during the briefing on the infrastructure projects in Oriental Mindoro in Barangay Talipanan, Puerto Galera on Friday. MALACAÑANG PHOTO

    Malacañang has refuted the New York Times editorial accusing President Benigno Aquino 3rd of “political mischief.”

    On Thursday, the international version of the New York Times carried an editorial where the newspaper urged Aquino to “stop butting heads with the court and gracefully step down when his term is up.”

    The editorial also described Aquino’s openness to seeking a second term and clipping the judiciary’s powers through Charter change (Cha-cha) as “threats” that “jeopardize Philippine democracy.”

    But Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Jr. insisted that Aquino is “simply explaining” to the Filipino people why the government is appealing the Supreme Court’s recent decision on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

    “Citing the court’s ruling in the DAP case, as well as its decision upholding former President Arroyo’s decision to appoint then Chief Justice Corona, the President believes that there is sufficient reason to review the 1987 Constitution on the issue of ‘judicial reach,’” Coloma said.

    “Given this context, it is inappropriate to characterize this specific action of the President as ‘political mischief,’ or with infidelity to the principles espoused by his parents,” he said.

    “President Aquino remains solidly committed to the transformation of Philippine society that is anchored upon good governance upon the righteous path and on the vitality of its democratic institutions,” Coloma added.

    Recently, Aquino said in a television that he was open to amending the country’s Constitution to address what he calls as judicial “overreach.”

    He also said he was willing to listen to public clamor for him to stay in power.

    On Thursday, Aquino shifted gears, saying he is not interested in a second term but is actually looking forward to the end of his present one.

    Under the Constitution, the President is limited to a single term of six years.

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    6 Comments

    1. paranoid na nga sa mga local critics…dinagdagan pa ng foreign media, baka sa mental na pulutin si Ngoyngoy

    2. Yes PNoy, stop being mischievous! The Filipinos have had enough and being ahamed of your indiscretions. The world is looking at your official acts. Your sanity reflects to the dumb voters electing you.

    3. Once again it seems the filipino government can never accept any criticism from anyone. They are always right. How you can fix that i have no idea.

    4. The NYT is correct. This is political mischief, I want to leave, no I want to continue as President is just more Pnoy speaking half truths. He wants to confuse and divide everyone. If he had his way he would stay in power as dictator. The SC would be gone but he would keep the Congress because they are already bought.

    5. Is not that the voice of the people the”Voice of god”. Let us wait for an honest, true, and fair approximation of this. Let us be open minded on this and not be easily swayed by the opposition’s well funded organization to put up a bandwagon mentality among our gullible kababayan. Remember that the presidency is a very covetous position aimed by the well-positioned politicians who can paint a distorted picture to suit their agenda, Money is the greatest inducer someone said.

    6. New York Times editorial another example of big mouth yanks fix your own problems before telling others how to live start with Ferguson Mis