MAR ROXAS: SECOND TERM FOR PNoy TO PRESERVE DEMOCRACY
 
Threats to democracy and good governance made President Aquino change his mind about Charter change and consider another run for the presidency in 2016, Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II said yesterday. “Nakikita ni P-Noy yung mga threats sa kalusugan ng demokrasya, sa kagandahan sa pagpapatakbo sa ating bansa (P-Noy sees the threats to the health of democracy, threats to good governance in our country),” Roxas said. “Kabahagi ng trabaho ng bawa’t leader ang tugunan ang tawag ng panahon. Halimbawa trouble ng panahon sa Middle East na nadadamay ang ating mga kababayan (It’s the duty of every leader to respond to the call of the times, like for example the trouble in the Middle East, which is affecting our people),” he said. He stressed that the President is listening to his bosses, the people and that he continues to come up with programs for them. *READ MORE...

(ALSO) Former gov't officials: No to term extension for president   

The Former Senior Government Officials (FSGO) urged the administration not to pursue amendments to the Constitution at this time, reminding the President that such announcements in the past have had undesirable consequences. In a statement, the group led by former Education Undersecretary Isagani Cruz said similar statements in the past were met with negative reactions and criticisms. “Governance was disrupted, media became unduly adversarial, and the general public was dismayed by fears of dictatorship. Surveys of public opinion all showed disapproval of those moves to extend the term limits of elected officials, either in the executive department or in the legislature,” the FSGO said. While the general character of the Aquino administration is different from the previous ones, “the public’s distrust of self-serving moves to amend the Constitution remains strong and admirable,” the FSGO added. “We strongly urge the administration not to pursue any amendments to the Constitution at this time, when genuine reforms have been put in place in the government. We should not lose in two years what we worked so hard to achieve in the last four years,” the FSGO added. * READ MORE...

ALSO: FVR hits Noy term extension bid   

Former President Fidel Ramos described yesterday moves to amend political provisions of the Constitution to allow President Aquino to stay beyond 2016 as an “old tune.”  Ramos said Aquino and Vice President Jejomar Binay, who intends to run for president in 2016, should just concentrate on amending the restrictive economic provisions of the Constitution. “That’s an old tune that should not be revived by anyone. Except for the amendment of the economic provisions for increased competitiveness of the Philippines. It is for the economy,” Ramos said over radio dzRH. “The President and the Vice President must talk about this (Charter change) but only about amendments of economic provisions. Let the private sector and private citizens like me talk about it,” he said. The former president also advised Malacañang spokespersons to refrain from talking about Charter change, saying it was inappropriate. When asked about the possible motives behind Aquino’s term extension bid, he said it was obviously “personal and political.” “I don’t want to speculate. Just ask the ‘kamag-anak’ (relatives),” he added. Ramos also suggested Charter change to dismantle political dynasties and not wait for Congress to pass a law for the purpose. *READ MORE...

ALSO: Amending Charter will be difficult – lawmaker 

PHOTO: Members of progressive organizations hold a rally in Mendiola, Manila to condemn plans to amend the Constitution to give President Benigno aquino 3rd a chance to extend his term beyond 2016. President Benigno Aquino 3rd has not given any orders to his allies in Congress to start the process of Charter change but some of his supporters at the House of Representatives have begun considering simultaneous amendments to some of the political and economic provisions of the Constitution. House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales 2nd on Tuesday said lawmakers can introduce political amendments that will allow the President to extend his term beyond 2016 while debates are conducted over economic amendments that would relax the restrictions on foreign investors.

Gonzales broached the idea at the resumption of debates over Resolution of Both Houses (RBH) 1 authored by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., which seeks to lift the 40 percent restriction on foreign ownership of public utilities such as power, mass media, water, telecommunications and land. Aquino last week said he was open to Charter change or Cha-cha that could lead to his term extension. “That [proposing political amendments] can be done in any bill [on the floor] come the period of committee and individual amendments. Nobody can stop anybody from proposing amendments. The question is, would that amendment have the required support and be accepted [in the bill]?” Gonzales said during the Ugnayan sa Batasan News Forum.

“Kung wala kang suporta, tumbalelong ka diyan [Without support, you’ll flip over],” he added. Gonzales was referring to the legislative mill wherein a bill is filed by a lawmaker, referred to the committee concerned and discussed and approved in the committee level before finally being subjected to plenary debates. A proposed amendment will then be inserted in the bill if majority of the quorum votes for it. Otherwise, the proposed amendment is rejected. A bill will need a simple majority vote for it to be approved on second and third reading. But in the case of RBH 1, which amends the Constitution, at least three fourths of the 294-strong House members should vote for changing the Constitution for it to take effect. “Our priority is the economic ChaCha because it is the measure which was already reported out on the [plenary] floor. This political Cha-cha is a new development and a bill on it is yet to be filed. But if a bill is indeed filed, then we let the process begin. Let’s see if it gains support. We can’t stop a member of Congress from exercising his or her right to file bills,” Gonzales said.* READ MORE...

ALSO: Why Ninoy, Cory fought for a one-term President   

CORY AND NINOY AQUINO IN 1981--MANILA - Los Angeles, February 15, 1981. In a speech before Filipino and American guests at a freedom rally organized by the Movement for a Free Philippines, Ninoy Aquino denounced the dictator Ferdinand Marcos for his maneuverings to perpetuate himself in power beyond the end of his 8-year term in 1972. "In 1972, Mr. Marcos was already 7 years in office, he had one year to go. He was toying with the idea of fielding Imelda but Imelda showed very poor in the polls so what did Mr. Marcos do? Change the Constitution, sabi niya, so he called a constitutional convention in 1970," the exiled senator said. "We were a few, a handful in the Senate who denounced this, and I told the Senate we should not allow an open constitutional convention because it's very dangerous." Luneta, the 21st of September, 1997. Around half a million people took part in a rally to send a resounding message to then-President Fidel V. Ramos -- "Don't fiddle with the Constitution to extend your stay in power." Leading the rally was Ninoy's widow credited with restoring democracy after the dark days of the Marcos dictatorship. "Kung sa inyong puso ay mayroong pagnanasang tumagal pa sa kapangyarihan, magiging baluktot ang tingin ninyo sa katotohanan. Gagamitin kahit anong dahilan, gagawin kahit anong paraan, manatili lamang sa inyong puwesto. Kaya po sa pagpapasya, ang conflict of interest ay talagang dapat iwasan," the former President said. * CONTINUE READING FOR NOSTALGIA.....

ALSO: Why Ninoy, Cory opposed term extensions (VIDEO) 

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The words left by former Pres. Cory Aquino and her late husband, Sen. Ninoy Aquino resonated in the social media. This is in relevance to the issue of their contradiction on any term extension of the leader of the country. SCROLL DOWN TO END OF PAGE FOR VIDEO......

ALSO: Why PNoy's '2nd term' talk could be a ploy -Analyst  

Talks about President Aquino possibly running for a new term in 2016 may only be a political ploy by the ruling Liberal Party (LP) to catch up with the opposition and Vice-President Jejomar Binay. Political analyst and consultant Malou Tiquia, in an interview on radio dzMM Thursday night, said just amending the Constitution to allow Aquino to run again is a long process in itself. "Iyung Konstitusyon, ipinagbabawal iyun (second term for a president). Sa tingin ko, ang dami pang steps para umabot tayo sa punto na tatakbo siya for a second term," she said. Tiquia said lawmakers will have to decide first if charter change will be done through either a constituent assembly or through a constitutional convention. "Napakagulo ng Kongreso ngayon sa nangyayari dito sa DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Program). Meron tayong impeachment. Paano mo isisingit iyan na isa mga prayoridad ng Kongreso? Napakahirap gawin. Magdedebate pa," she said. "Pag constitutional assembly, ang taumbayan aayaw diyan dahil iyung nakaupo ang magpapalit," Tiquia added. She said Aquino himself has rejected House Speaker Sonny Belmonte's proposal to amend the Constitution's economic provisions. "Doon pa lang, ang official position ng Pangulo, ayaw niya iyun," she said.

This is why Tiquia was suprised to hear about Aquino's stand on amending the Constitution and running again for President. "Nagbago siya ng posisyon -- to gain, para sa kanya." She said before even thinking of Aquino getting reelected, people around the President should think first about strategies to resolve various issues. "Dapat hindi nga endgame ang pinag-uusapan. Strategies muna, ang daming mga issues." "It's one thing to amend, another thing to run, and another thing to win," she said. WEAK LP Tiquia said pushing President Aquino to run again only shows the LP's weakness. "Dahil sa kahinaan mo, iyung namumrublemang Pangulo, dahil napakaraming issues na dapat tapusin, ay ikakasangkapan uli ng LP, for LP to stay for another 6 years," she added. She believes that the real reason behind it is for Aquino to shore up the LP's base, rally its officials and supporters, and have Aquino's endorsement value when the 2016 elections come. "Shore up the base, iyung 'LP, LP ka ha? Hindi tayo babalik sa Volkswagen, nasa malaking bus na tayo,'" she said. "Iyung rally the troops, 'kailangan ng continuity ng programa ng ating administrasyon,'" Tiquia said. * READ MORE...

ALSO By Ellen T. Tordesillas: 5 possible reasons why PNoy floated Chacha and term extension  

PHOTO: Veteran journalist Ellen Tordesillas-- Faced with overwhelming opposition to a Charter Change to allow President Aquino to extend his term beyond 2016, Malacañang has backtracked and assured the public that he is not supporting changes in the Constitution in the last two years of his presidency. Press Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. and Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte can resort to all kinds of spins but it is on record (TV5’s interview Aug. 13 interview) that Aquino said he was open to charter change to clip the powers of the Supreme Court and to another term. But why did Aquino float it in the first place? We can think of five possible reasons: 

1. He doesn’t want to be considered a lameduck. Online dictionaries define “lameduck” as “A president who is completing a term of office and chooses not to run or is ineligible to run for reelection; politicians who are known to be in their final term of office, when colleagues and electors look toward a successor. Politicians gravitate to where their interests are served. That means being allied with someone who will be in a position of power for a long time. A possible second term will dissuade those who are thinking of going to the other side to stay on with him.

It’s understandable that Aquino is anxious that he should continue being seen as a source of formidable political clout by members of Congress because he still has some important legislations to pass, one of them the Bangsamoro Law. Impeachment complaints have been filed against Aquino. It is unlikely to pass in the House with the administration coalition in the majority. A possible second term for Aquino would make an effective disincentive for those who are being convinced to sign on to the complaint. * READ THE REST.....


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Second term for PNoy to preserve democracy - Mar


MAR ROXAS

MANILA, AUGUST 25, 2014 (ABS-CBN) By Cecille Suerte Felipe - Threats to democracy and good governance made President Aquino change his mind about Charter change and consider another run for the presidency in 2016, Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II said yesterday.

“Nakikita ni P-Noy yung mga threats sa kalusugan ng demokrasya, sa kagandahan sa pagpapatakbo sa ating bansa (P-Noy sees the threats to the health of democracy, threats to good governance in our country),” Roxas said.

“Kabahagi ng trabaho ng bawa’t leader ang tugunan ang tawag ng panahon. Halimbawa trouble ng panahon sa Middle East na nadadamay ang ating mga kababayan (It’s the duty of every leader to respond to the call of the times, like for example the trouble in the Middle East, which is affecting our people),” he said.

He stressed that the President is listening to his bosses, the people and that he continues to come up with programs for them.

* When asked to comment on reports that the Liberal Party (LP)’s batting for a second term for Aquino was an admission that the administration party has no winnable presidential candidate, Roxas said only the opposition was making such claim.

Roxas, who was the first to float the possibility of Aquino seeking a second term, said he was only making a personal opinion.

“I did not talk to the President about it. It was not discussed in the party,” he said.

Roxas noted that several groups are using the Internet and social networking sites to call for a second term for the President.

Former gov't officials: No to term extension for president ABS-CBNnews.com  Posted at 08/18/2014 1:30 PM | Updated as of 08/18/2014 1:30 PM

MANILA - The Former Senior Government Officials (FSGO) urged the administration not to pursue amendments to the Constitution at this time, reminding the President that such announcements in the past have had undesirable consequences.

In a statement, the group led by former Education Undersecretary Isagani Cruz said similar statements in the past were met with negative reactions and criticisms.

“Governance was disrupted, media became unduly adversarial, and the general public was dismayed by fears of dictatorship. Surveys of public opinion all showed disapproval of those moves to extend the term limits of elected officials, either in the executive department or in the legislature,” the FSGO said.

While the general character of the Aquino administration is different from the previous ones, “the public’s distrust of self-serving moves to amend the Constitution remains strong and admirable,” the FSGO added.

“We strongly urge the administration not to pursue any amendments to the Constitution at this time, when genuine reforms have been put in place in the government. We should not lose in two years what we worked so hard to achieve in the last four years,” the FSGO added.

* President Aquino admitted that he is open to some amendments to the Constitution.

The Constitution was promulgated in 1987 during the presidency of Aquino’s mother, Cory Aquino. The latter was put in power by a mass uprising that ousted President Ferdinand Marcos from his position that he held for more than two decades.

FVR hits Noy term extension bid By Paolo Romero, The Philippine Star Posted at 08/16/2014 8:40 AM | Updated as of 08/16/2014 8:40 AM


FVR

MANILA, Philippines - Former President Fidel Ramos described yesterday moves to amend political provisions of the Constitution to allow President Aquino to stay beyond 2016 as an “old tune.”

Ramos said Aquino and Vice President Jejomar Binay, who intends to run for president in 2016, should just concentrate on amending the restrictive economic provisions of the Constitution.

“That’s an old tune that should not be revived by anyone. Except for the amendment of the economic provisions for increased competitiveness of the Philippines. It is for the economy,” Ramos said over radio dzRH.

“The President and the Vice President must talk about this (Charter change) but only about amendments of economic provisions. Let the private sector and private citizens like me talk about it,” he said.

The former president also advised Malacañang spokespersons to refrain from talking about Charter change, saying it was inappropriate.

When asked about the possible motives behind Aquino’s term extension bid, he said it was obviously “personal and political.”

“I don’t want to speculate. Just ask the ‘kamag-anak’ (relatives),” he added.

Ramos also suggested Charter change to dismantle political dynasties and not wait for Congress to pass a law for the purpose.

* As his six-year term drew to a close in 1998, Ramos tried pushing for amendments to the Constitution, not only to ease restrictions on foreign ownership but to also change the form of government to a unicameral parliamentary system.

The move to change the form of government, however, was seen as an effort to extend his term by becoming prime minister and was strongly opposed by his predecessor, the late President Corazon Aquino.

Ramos, however, said the Constitution could be amended for the sake of the country’s economy and to end political dynasties.

‘Enough time for political Cha-cha’

For administration lawmaker Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone, any Charter change initiative at this time should be confined to allowing President Aquino to seek a second six-year term.

“Because of time and funding constraints, Charter change should be limited to amending the provision of the Constitution on the term limit for the President and possibly some economic provisions,” he said.

To expedite Charter change, he said the Senate and the House of Representatives convened as a constituent assembly (con-ass) should propose the amendments.

“We can still do it. We have one year to do it. As soon as there is consensus from both chambers on Cha-cha, we can begin our work as a constituent assembly. We can have the plebiscite middle of next year,” he added.

Evardone pointed out the people would accept Charter change if it is limited to giving the President two six-year terms or a total of 12 years in office.

He stressed that lifting the term limits for members of Congress and local officials would complicate Charter change and strengthen opposition to it.

Evardone, who belongs to the ruling Liberal Party, supported the proposal to lift the one-term limit for the President so Aquino could seek a second term.

“A second term will allow PNoy to pursue the governance and economic reforms he has initiated, and to keep the country on the growth path. We cannot allow these reforms to be stalled by headwinds,” he said.

Rep. Rodolfo Albano III, the principal advocate of con-ass as Charter change mode, said he is now consulting with colleagues on his proposal.

Sen. Francis Escudero, on the other hand, does not agree with the proposal of term extension by constitutional amendment as well as moves to cripple the power of the judiciary.

Escudero said it is clear the Filipino people will not approve such moves to extend the term of the President and other elected public officials as well as amend the Constitution for such purpose and eventually cripple the high tribunal.

“The President is my friend but I could not go for such moves,” he said.

President Aquino earlier said he would go for term extension as well as reducing the power of the SC and change the 1987 Constitution.

‘No more time, funding’

Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal said amending the Constitution to allow Aquino to run in 2016 is no longer possible due to lack of time and budget constraints.

“There is no more time to conduct a revision or amendment of the Constitution and no budget or funds to defray the cost of electing delegates to a constitutional convention and the cost of conducting a plebiscite for the voters to approve or reject the amendment,” he said.

While the Constitution allows amendment or revision upon a vote of three-fourths of all members of Congress, there is still that unresolved issue among senators and congressmen on whether they would vote jointly or separately, Macalintal pointed out.

“But whatever mode of amendment or revision of the Constitution that might be adopted to allow Aquino to run for reelection in 2016, time and budgetary constraints are obstacles to its successful implementation,” he added.

Bayan Muna party-list Reps. Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate said Aquino’s bid to extend his term was meant to escape accountability from the illegal and unconstitutional Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

They vowed to vigorously oppose any measure in Congress to amend the Constitution and called on the people “to protest in their millions and frustrate the dictatorial ambition of Aquino.”

Zarate said there is no clamor at all from the people to extend his term.

Militant groups are set to hold protest actions against Charter change and moves to extend the term of President Aquino on Aug. 25.

A group of overseas Filipino workers is also mounting a campaign against Charter change. – With Jess Diaz, Edith Regalado, Sheila Crisostomo, Mayen Jaymalin, Rhodina Villanueva, Danny Dangcalan

FROM THE MANILA TIMES

Amending Charter will be difficult – lawmaker August 19, 2014 11:17 pm
by LLANESCA T. PANTI REPORTER MANILA TIMES


Members of progressive organizations hold a rally in Mendiola, Manila to condemn plans to amend the Constitution to give President Benigno aquino 3rd a chance to extend his term beyond 2016. PHoto By Ruy l. MaRtineZ

President Benigno Aquino 3rd has not given any orders to his allies in Congress to start the process of Charter change but some of his supporters at the House of Representatives have begun considering simultaneous amendments to some of the political and economic provisions of the Constitution.

House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales 2nd on Tuesday said lawmakers can introduce political amendments that will allow the President to extend his term beyond 2016 while debates are conducted over economic amendments that would relax the restrictions on foreign investors.

Gonzales broached the idea at the resumption of debates over Resolution of Both Houses (RBH) 1 authored by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., which seeks to lift the 40 percent restriction on foreign ownership of public utilities such as power, mass media, water, telecommunications and land.
Aquino last week said he was open to Charter change or Cha-cha that could lead to his term extension.

“That [proposing political amendments] can be done in any bill [on the floor] come the period of committee and individual amendments. Nobody can stop anybody from proposing amendments. The question is, would that amendment have the required support and be accepted [in the bill]?” Gonzales said during the Ugnayan sa Batasan News Forum.

“Kung wala kang suporta, tumbalelong ka diyan [Without support, you’ll flip over],” he added.

Gonzales was referring to the legislative mill wherein a bill is filed by a lawmaker, referred to the committee concerned and discussed and approved in the committee level before finally being subjected to plenary debates.
A proposed amendment will then be inserted in the bill if majority of the quorum votes for it.

Otherwise, the proposed amendment is rejected. A bill will need a simple majority vote for it to be approved on second and third reading.

But in the case of RBH 1, which amends the Constitution, at least three fourths of the 294-strong House members should vote for changing the Constitution for it to take effect.

“Our priority is the economic ChaCha because it is the measure which was already reported out on the [plenary] floor. This political Cha-cha is a new development and a bill on it is yet to be filed. But if a bill is indeed filed, then we let the process begin. Let’s see if it gains support. We can’t stop a member of Congress from exercising his or her right to file bills,” Gonzales said.

* Rep. Edgar Erice of Caloocan City (Metro Manila), a member of the ruling Liberal Party like Gonzales, has been saying that he is set to file a bill that will allow the President to seek a second term but he is yet to lodge such a measure.

But while everybody is free to file a bill, Gonzales said, amending the Constitution, regardless if it is economic or political in nature, remains very difficult.

He cited the case of a move similar to RBH 1 that was also backed by Speaker Belmonte and himself in the 15th Congress but still fizzled out abruptly.

“Nothing happened on the economic Cha-cha during the 15th Congress even with us supporting it. The LP cannot do it alone because we only have 113 members here. You need three-fourths vote [to amend the Constitution],” Gonzales pointed out, referring to the ruling Liberal Party headed by President Aquino.

“The majority coalition is big. You would need the NPC, NP, NUP, party-list coalition on board for a consensus.

Otherwise, it is not going to happen,” he said, referring to the Nationalist People’s Coalition, the Nacionalista Party and the National Union Party.

Junk Cha-cha

But House Deputy Minority Leader Neri Colmenares of Bayan Muna party-list called on his colleagues to oppose any kind of Charter change.

“We must defeat the Liberal Party’s self-serving move because it would worsen the already sorry state of the country. The Aquino government should heed the voice of the people and junk Cha-cha,” Colmenares said in a separate statement.

“The government should provide more jobs, better social services and prevent the supposed crises that we are about to face like the power shortage and water shortage without adding another burden to the people,” he added.

Rep. Fernando Hicap of Anakpawis party-list also vowed to block Cha-cha.

“Pushing for Cha-cha will only hasten President Aquino’s political isolation and will lead to divisiveness. Cha-cha is a political disaster waiting to happen,” he said.

Why Ninoy, Cory fought for a one-term President ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 08/15/2014 10:57 PM | Updated as of 08/16/2014 12:12 AM

POSTED BY ABS-CBN February 15, 1981.


CORY AND NINOY AQUINO IN 1981

MANILA - Los Angeles, February 15, 1981. In a speech before Filipino and American guests at a freedom rally organized by the Movement for a Free Philippines, Ninoy Aquino denounced the dictator Ferdinand Marcos for his maneuverings to perpetuate himself in power beyond the end of his 8-year term in 1972.

"In 1972, Mr. Marcos was already 7 years in office, he had one year to go. He was toying with the idea of fielding Imelda but Imelda showed very poor in the polls so what did Mr. Marcos do? Change the Constitution, sabi niya, so he called a constitutional convention in 1970," the exiled senator said. "We were a few, a handful in the Senate who denounced this, and I told the Senate we should not allow an open constitutional convention because it's very dangerous."

Luneta, the 21st of September, 1997.

Around half a million people took part in a rally to send a resounding message to then-President Fidel V. Ramos -- "Don't fiddle with the Constitution to extend your stay in power."

Leading the rally was Ninoy's widow credited with restoring democracy after the dark days of the Marcos dictatorship.

"Kung sa inyong puso ay mayroong pagnanasang tumagal pa sa kapangyarihan, magiging baluktot ang tingin ninyo sa katotohanan. Gagamitin kahit anong dahilan, gagawin kahit anong paraan, manatili lamang sa inyong puwesto. Kaya po sa pagpapasya, ang conflict of interest ay talagang dapat iwasan," the former President said.

* It was her 1987 Constitution that Ramos and his backers were thinking of amending to allow him to run for a second term in 1998.

For Corazon Aquino, tinkering with the charter was not merely an ethical minefield for Ramos.

She believed it could pave the way for yet another dictatorial regime to take hold of the country in the future.

She warned that the leader of the country will hear many voices urging him to stay on.

The danger is that those voices will not belong to the people but to lackeys and those with vested interests.

"They will say you are right, when you are wrong. They will say you are successful, when you fail, and will insist you are indispensable, although you are just one of 70 million Filipinos who gave you the rare privilege to be their servant but only for your elected term. They will say that nobody can take your place, when what they mean is that they do not want to give up their places," she said.

Cory said in no uncertain terms, if you've had your turn at the presidency, you should humbly and graciously move on.

"Let me tell you now, the presidency is so great an honor, no one deserves to have it again. It imposes a duty so important - to guide a whole country and protect a whole nation - that you must do it well. And if you did it well, you won't deserve to do it again," she said. "Doing your job well was your duty and not a special favor to the country. There is a secret I would like to share. The honor of the presidency is so great, no one needs to have it more than once."

Cory's last message at the Luneta rally addressed to her successor: let your good work speak for itself.

Allow the democratic processes we fought so hard for take their course and let the true voice of the people be heard.

"I trusted in you when my term was over. Trust in the Filipino," she said.

But some now say it's just as apt a message to her son 17 years later as President Benigno Aquino III entertains the notion of another six years.

In the position his father fought to preserve the integrity of.

In the seat his mother was so willing and so ready to vacate when her time came. - Reports from Willard Cheng and Jasmin Romero, ABS-CBN News

Why Ninoy, Cory opposed term extensions (VIDEO) ABS-CBN News Published on Aug 15, 2014 Subscribe to the ABS-CBN News channel! - http://bit.ly/TheABSCBNNews

 
The words left by former Pres. Cory Aquino and her late husband, Sen. Ninoy Aquino resonated in the social media.
This is in relevance to the issue of their contradiction on any term extension of the leader of the country.

VIDEO URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbNcjZS6KrI

Why PNoy's '2nd term' talk could be a ploy by Jojo Malig, ABS-CBNNews.com Posted at 08/15/2014 3:25 AM | Updated as of 08/15/2014 3:34 AM

MANILA - Talks about President Aquino possibly running for a new term in 2016 may only be a political ploy by the ruling Liberal Party (LP) to catch up with the opposition and Vice-President Jejomar Binay.

Political analyst and consultant Malou Tiquia, in an interview on radio dzMM Thursday night, said just amending the Constitution to allow Aquino to run again is a long process in itself.

"Iyung Konstitusyon, ipinagbabawal iyun (second term for a president). Sa tingin ko, ang dami pang steps para umabot tayo sa punto na tatakbo siya for a second term," she said.

Tiquia said lawmakers will have to decide first if charter change will be done through either a constituent assembly or through a constitutional convention.

"Napakagulo ng Kongreso ngayon sa nangyayari dito sa DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Program). Meron tayong impeachment. Paano mo isisingit iyan na isa mga prayoridad ng Kongreso? Napakahirap gawin. Magdedebate pa," she said.

"Pag constitutional assembly, ang taumbayan aayaw diyan dahil iyung nakaupo ang magpapalit," Tiquia added.

She said Aquino himself has rejected House Speaker Sonny Belmonte's proposal to amend the Constitution's economic provisions.

"Doon pa lang, ang official position ng Pangulo, ayaw niya iyun," she said.

This is why Tiquia was suprised to hear about Aquino's stand on amending the Constitution and running again for President. "Nagbago siya ng posisyon -- to gain, para sa kanya."

She said before even thinking of Aquino getting reelected, people around the President should think first about strategies to resolve various issues. "Dapat hindi nga endgame ang pinag-uusapan. Strategies muna, ang daming mga issues."

"It's one thing to amend, another thing to run, and another thing to win," she said.

WEAK LP

Tiquia said pushing President Aquino to run again only shows the LP's weakness.

"Dahil sa kahinaan mo, iyung namumrublemang Pangulo, dahil napakaraming issues na dapat tapusin, ay ikakasangkapan uli ng LP, for LP to stay for another 6 years," she added.

She believes that the real reason behind it is for Aquino to shore up the LP's base, rally its officials and supporters, and have Aquino's endorsement value when the 2016 elections come.

"Shore up the base, iyung 'LP, LP ka ha? Hindi tayo babalik sa Volkswagen, nasa malaking bus na tayo,'" she said.

"Iyung rally the troops, 'kailangan ng continuity ng programa ng ating administrasyon,'" Tiquia said.

* She said the Supreme Court ruling on DAP ruling may have affected Aquino, particularly on liabilities.

"Iyung scenario na pag wala na siya sa opisina, anong mangyayari?" Tiqua said, discussing the possibility that charges may be filed against government officials behind the unconstitutional DAP if and when Aquino and the LP are no longer in power.

'DICTATORSHIP NOT IN AQUINO DNA'

She also believes that Aquino thinks of his parents' fight against the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.

His father was assassinated, while her mother became President after Marcos was ousted.

"Sa tingin ko, iisipin din ng Pangulo ang kanyang magulang. Sa tingin ko, kung titignan mo, wala sa DNA niya ang maging diktador," Tiquia said.

She urged people who could be just using Aquino to consider the impact of their acts.

"Iyung gumagamit sa Pangulo, isipin din nila kung anong magiging legacy ng tao," Tiquia said.

"Doon sa SONA, halos ayaw na niya eh," she said, adding that Aquino is already looking forward to a quiet life when he leaves office after 2016.

"Itong Pangulong ito, ilang beses na niyang sinasabi, ilang araw na lang ako. Nagbibilang eh. May countdown."

"All of a sudden... siguro may nagsabi na naman sa kaniya na 'O, sa Supreme Court."

Aquino, in an interview with TV-5 that aired Wednesday, said he may try to change the Constitution and serve a second term in office.

The 1987 Constitution restricts presidents to serving a single term of 6 years, designed to stop a repeat of Marcos' two-decade reign that ended in the 1986 People Power uprising.

Aquino insisted for many years he was against constitutional change and that he would step aside when his term ended in 2016, but later indicated he was reconsidering.

"When I first got into this, I noted I had only one term of six years. Now, after having said that, of course I have to listen to the voice of my bosses," he said.

The President said he was considering the highly controversial move because he wanted to ensure his political reforms would continue.

Nevertheless, Aquino emphasized that he had made no definite plans to try and stay in power for 12 years.

"It doesn't automatically mean I will go after an additional term," he said.

Aquino did not specify that he wanted to change the Constitution just to remove presidential term limits.

Instead, he said the Constitution likely needs amending to rein in the Supreme Court, which recently ruled that Aquino's controversial DAP was illegal.

"Before all these things happened, I was closed to (constitutional change). I admit that. But now, I'm seriously rethinking things," Aquino said, in reference to the court's ruling on DAP.

He complained that the US-style checks and balances in government had faded and the Supreme Court now had the power to overrule Congress and the executive branch.

MAR AND JUN

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, who is seen as the LP's possible flagbearer in the 2016 elections against Binay, was the first person in the President's inner circle to say in public that he wants Aquino to get a new term in office.

In an exclusive interview with Lynda Jumilla on ANC's "Beyond Politics," Roxas dodged the question on whether he will likely be Aquino's anointed candidate in the next presidential elections.

Instead, he revealed that if only it were up to him, he would want Aquino to extend his term and continue his "tuwid na daan" governance.

"Kung ako lang ang tatanungin -- at ito walang pahintulot sa Pangulo ito, wala ring konsultasyon sa partido ko ito, ito ako lang ito -- dapat mas mahaba ang termino ni Pangulong PNoy kasi nakita na natin kung saan niya tayo dinala. At sino pa ba kundi siya ang pinakamabuti, pinakamahusay na makapagpatuloy nito," he said.

Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya, the LP's acting president, also said Thursday that Aquino is the LP's "best player" in the coming national polls.

"We're just putting our best player forward in case this pushes through, we feel our best player is PNoy," he said. "(The) 2nd best player, (Interior Secretary Mar) Roxas."

Asked if the President is open to running for another term, Abaya replied, "Personally, 'Daang Matuwid' should continue."

Another LP member, Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice, joined the fray and said Thursday that he is determined to file a resolution calling for Charter change to lift term limits of public officials and allow Aquino to seek a second term. - with reports from dzMM, Agence France-Presse

5 possible reasons why PNoy floated Chacha and term extension By Ellen T. Tordesillas Posted at 08/17/2014 11:47 PM | Updated as of 08/18/2014 10:32 AM


Veteran journalist Ellen Tordesillas

Faced with overwhelming opposition to a Charter Change to allow President Aquino to extend his term beyond 2016, Malacañang has backtracked and assured the public that he is not supporting changes in the Constitution in the last two years of his presidency.

Press Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. and Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte can resort to all kinds of spins but it is on record (TV5’s interview Aug. 13 interview) that Aquino said he was open to charter change to clip the powers of the Supreme Court and to another term.

But why did Aquino float it in the first place?

We can think of five possible reasons:

1. He doesn’t want to be considered a lameduck.

Online dictionaries define “lameduck” as “A president who is completing a term of office and chooses not to run or is ineligible to run for reelection; politicians who are known to be in their final term of office, when colleagues and electors look toward a successor.

Politicians gravitate to where their interests are served. That means being allied with someone who will be in a position of power for a long time. A possible second term will dissuade those who are thinking of going to the other side to stay on with him.

It’s understandable that Aquino is anxious that he should continue being seen as a source of formidable political clout by members of Congress because he still has some important legislations to pass, one of them the Bangsamoro Law.

Impeachment complaints have been filed against Aquino. It is unlikely to pass in the House with the administration coalition in the majority. A possible second term for Aquino would make an effective disincentive for those who are being convinced to sign on to the complaint.

2. * He has not gotten over the unanimous rejection that he got from the Supreme Court of his Disbursement Accelerated Program or DAP.

With his own appointees voting against his pet initiative, Aquino felt betrayed. He had expected some justices voting against it and was told that it would be a close vote, 7-6 in their favor.
When it was 13-0, declaring parts of DAP unconstitutional, Aquino couldn’t take it.
As playwright William Congreve said “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”

3. Aquino’s party, the Liberal Party, is desperate who to put up against Vice President Jejomar Binay, the political opposition’s candidate in the 2016 presidential elections, who is far ahead of other possible presidential candidates, in the surveys.

The numbers of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas are not improving. It is doubtful if Aquino’s endorsement could carry Roxas to Malacanang in 2016.

If not Roxas, who in LP? Senate President Franklin Drilon? His numbers are no better than Roxas’s.

Aquino’s desire to have a partymate as successor is understandable not only to continue his programs but also to make sure that he would be protected from cases that are expected to be filed against him when he is no longer in Malacañang.

4. He is enjoying being president. Kung makalusot, why not?

5. Type lang niya .

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