• NTC wants to reform govt system, not oust Aquino


    FORMER National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales on Wednesday clarified that his group National Transformation Council, which pushes for Charter change (Cha-cha), seeks to reform the government system, not remove President Benigno Aquino 3rd from office.

    Gonzales told reporter at the weekly Fernandina media forum in San Juan City (Metro Manila) that the council is ready for its proposal to establish a revolutionary government if something happens before Aquino steps down from office in 2016.

    He likened the revolutionary government to the one instituted by the mother of the President, the late former President Corazon Aquino, who abolished Congress upon assuming the presidency in 1986.

    “The country will have an interim leadership…” the former national security adviser said, adding that the elections in 2016 might not push through. He did not elaborate.

    Former senator Francisco Tatad, another council member, said the elections should be held after “cleansing” the system of government.

    The NTC, according to Gonzales, was formed not to overthrow or take over the reins of power from incumbent officials.

    It “has no intention of taking over the government but to restore democracy and institute genuine reforms. We want our leaders to be elected also,” he said.

    Gonzales, however, pointed out that like what former President Aquino did, the council wants to abolish the Commission on Elections over alleged irregularities in its handling of the electoral process.

    The council is now trying to attract supporters nationwide, according to him.

    When asked if critics are right in calling the NTC a brainchild of former president and now Rep. Gloria Arroyo of Pampanga province, Gonzales said he leaves it to the public to judge the actions of the council.


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