A day before leaving for Europe, President Aquino gathered his Cabinet and members of the Liberal Party in Malacañang and hinted once more that he is open for another term in office after 2016.
Mr. Aquino first toyed with the idea of having his term extended beyond 2016 if his “bosses” want it, on a one on one interview with TV 5 last month so he could clip the powers of the judiciary by amending the Constitution.
His pronouncement on TV drew heavy criticisms not only from his political opponents but also from people from all walks of life who wanted PNoy to step down by 2016.
On Friday, Mr. Aquino pointed out the reasons why he is open for a second term in office despite negative perceptions from the public and the opposition.
He said he does not want his administration’s gains to go to waste, and he would go after those who try to destabilize the government, and confront those who want him to be a lame duck leader, that he wants another term in office.
I really do not know if the President is hallucinating, or simply on high dosage of prescriptive drugs, that he gets the idea of another term in office, which is contrary to the legacy of Cory Aquino, who turned down any moves to let her stay in power beyond her term limit at that time.
PNoy was even quoted last week to have said, “I might do even better in a second term” adding he definitely would be able to finish the reforms he has started.
One could not help but wonder, what reforms could the President be talking about? Is it his “walang wang-wang” (no siren) policy? And does he also mean going after corrupt officials such as former Chief Justice Renato Corona, who was eventually impeached from office, and sending Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, and Bong Revilla to prison because of the misuse of their “pork barrel”?
Mr. President, removing sirens on private vehicles on the road is not a gargantuan task. The chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) could have done it easily at his level.
And, if you think you have addressed the problem of corruption in the government…think again, Mr. President. Some high-ranking officials still make money to this day using government funds.
As a matter of fact, these corrupt officials even enjoy your protection because you announced that they still have your full trust and confidence.
The question really is, what have we gained so far in your four years in office? Your allies, who are blind like bats during daytime, believe your administration has accomplished so much.
But for the ordinary man on the street, he would have no answers because he can’t feel or see these gains or reforms you have been bragging about.
Stop hallucinating, and please ask your doctor for a new prescription if you are taking some medications these days, because its taking toll on you, sir.
“Saan po kayo kumukuha ng kapal ng mukha para humingi ng isa pang termino, Mahal na Pangulo”?