Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. on Thursday said President Benigno Aquino 3rd cannot have another term unless the Constitution is amended.
“It’s impossible. The law states that no reelection is allowed for the President,” Brillantes noted.
Under Article VII, Section 4 of the 1987 Constitution, the President shall be elected for a term of six years and that he or she shall not be eligible for reelection.
Brillantes said Aquino can only continue being President if the Constitution, which was drafted during the administration of his mother, former President Corazon Aquino, will be amended.
House Deputy Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales 2nd said pushing for a second term would be damaging for Aquino.
“That would be putting the President in a bad light. Since the President is nearing the end of his term, that [second term]cannot be done, especially that the President has already stated his opposition to amending the Constitution at first instance. There will always be distrust,” Gonzales, a member of the ruling Liberal Party, said.