Palace: Aquino Will Heed His ‘Bosses’ On Term Extension
President Benigno Aquino III is considering the opinion of the people when it comes to the idea of extending his term, a Malacanang official said Wednesday.
Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said President Aquino is aware of the sentiments of the people but there has been no discussion in the Cabinet about him seeking re-election.
“The President listens to the voice of his bosses,” Lacierda said.
“There are a number of people who have expressed the sentiment for another term, but there has been no discussion on that,” he added.
Extending the term of the President beyond six years would require an amendment to the Constitution.
Lacierda said the President’s stand on Charter change remains the same.
He likewise dismissed that the issue of term extension would distract the President from serving the public in the last two years of his administration.
Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II earlier said he would want the President to extend his term to be able to continue the reforms he has started in government.
Lacierda said Secretary Roxas was not the first person who raised the idea of extending the term of President Aquino saying that the Palace has been receiving suggestions from numerous individuals.
“Because of the profound changes that have happened under this administration—the fight for reform, the push for reform, the various initiatives on reform, transparency measures, the poverty alleviation interventions that we have done, the benefits that a large segment of our people have received—many people have come to us and expressed the sentiment of their preference for another term,” he said.
Several netizens has also launched a Facebook page called “One More Term for PNoy”, calling for another term for the 54-year-old bachelor President.
Asked if term extension is being floated by Roxas because he is struggling to get his party’s nod to be the standard-bearer for 2016 elections, Lacierda said Roxas’s statement was his personal preference and not a party stance.
Roxas remains tight-lipped if he will be the standard-bearer of LP in the 2016 elections. This amid claims of Vice President Jejomar Binay about talks with LP for him to be adopted as their party’s standard-bearer.
Several members of LP denied Binay’s claims saying that the President has yet to decide on who will be the party’s presidential candidate.