President Aquino on Wednesday finally admitted that he is open for a second term if his “bosses” will it.
In an exclusive interview with TV 5, Pnoy said he is amenable to the extension of his term and amending the Constitution, which he feels has given so much power to the Supreme Court.
The President, however, reiterated that only when his “bosses” want him to continue to serve them beyond his term of office in 2016 as specified in the 1987 constitution will he extend his term.
But Liberal Party Spokesperson Ben Evardone said the President’s pronouncement is a signal for their party to initiate at once Pnoy’s wishes for reelection and rewrite the constitution.
Evardone explained that they could amend the Constitution in two ways, through people’s initiative or constituent assembly, but the latter is quicker because it calls for the mere filing of a resolution in Congress.
Once the Constitution is open for revisions, both houses of Congress can now change the term limits of the President and Vice- President, including the other elective posts both in the local and national positions.
Political Analysts Dr. Antonio Cofnntreras said the issue to extend the term of the President and amending the 1987 constitution may divide the nation once more.
Contreras believes Pnoy no longer has the support of the majority of the people as seen in the result of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey wherein his approval rating dropped to a lowt 29 percent from 49 in March.
Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate, on the other hand, said Pnoy’s ambition of remaining in office beyond 2016 will definitely court danger and may bring chaos.
I really do not understand where Pnoy is getting the idea that the people, or what he calls his “bosses,” still want him in power despite his inefficiency and vindictiveness as a leader of the nation.
“Saan po kayo kumukha ng kapal ng mukha, Ginoong Pangulo”?
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When right goes wrong
Authorities on Tuesday finally nabbed wanted Army Gen. Jovito Palparan in Manila who had gone into hiding for over two years to escape charges of murder and human rights violations.
The former military two star general, however, claims he went into hiding for fear of his life after receiving reports that the New People’s Army (NPA) is after him.
Palparan, a known communist insurgency buster of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), is accused in the disappearance of two female University of the Philippines (UP) students some years back, and dozens of human rights violations against those suspected to be members or sympathizers of the NPA.
Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said Palparan was a good commander and an asset to the AFP in its fight against communist insurgents in the countryside.
Palparan, as a ranking military officer, understandably has a mandate to defend the country and its people from the enemies of the state both foreign and local.
However, the former Philippine Army division commander for some reason probably thought the mandate was a blanket authority to neutralize the enemies his way – through abductions and killings of suspected rebels and insurgents.
The former bemedaled officer, now tagged as Berdugo, may have accomplished his mission by limiting the insurgency in the hinterlands. However, he did it contrary to the training and doctrine of the organization he once belonged to.
He was grossly wrong when he started to believe that people in the countryside are in cahoots with the enemies, and violated each individual’s freedom to live free from harm.