Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the appeal of Aquino’s uncle, former Tarlac Rep. Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. and his wife, former Tarlac Gov. Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco, for the public to seek the President’s resignation should not be heeded just because they’re his kin.
Referring to the Cojuangcos, Lacierda said: “Are they involved in the administration? Are they involved in governance? Are they involved in the reforms that the President has been pushing for the past four years? And is it uncommon or is it rare for members of the same political family to have differences? I don’t think so.”
Lacierda said it’s best to ignore the Cojuangco couple’s statements about Aquino’s supposed incompetence not only because they’re out of the loop on government matters, but also because what they say are inconsistent with the administration’s stand.
“Whatever intimations that his uncle has said publicly, that’s his opinion. But we go about doing our business of governance. And so, how do we treat the comments of his uncle and his aunt? It’s just any other opinion in the public, which has not swayed anyone… or rather who has not swayed a great majority of the people. The people continue to repose their trust in the President,” he said.
The Cojuangcos have been vocal about their desire for their nephew to step down due to his perceived incompetence in leading the country. They are also part of the National Transformation Council (NTC) proposing the creation of an advisory council to take over the government should Aquino resign.