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We are pursuing a simple amendment to the economic provisions only

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Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, principal author of a Charter change bill, said he wanted the House to focus only on amending the economic restrictions in the Constitution and vowed not to lift term limits. “It’s not that simple. Others, like congressmen, would also want their terms extended,” Belmonte told the Manila Standard. “We are pursuing a simple amendment to the economic provisions only,” Belmonte said. MST

The Palace on Thursday sought to put an end to talk of a second term, saying the President was not interested. &ldquo The President has been very clear in his declaration that he is now counting the months and days before he ends his term and not even once did it cross his mind to aspire or ask for a term extension because the Constitution is very clear about that (one-term limit),” said Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma. MST

Kabataan party-list Rep. Terry Ridon said the country is heading towards autocratic rule if President Aquino is given another six-year term. &ldquo The Palace should not even be entertaining the thought of extending the President’s term. With the [Disbursement Acceleration Program] fiasco and his treatment of the [Supreme Court], the public would not take lightly another dictatorship,” Ridon said. MST

Senator Francis Escudero, meanwhile, chided presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda for sowing confusion about the President’s stand on a second term. &ldquo I can’t understand why the answer of the President’s spokesperson was not clear. But I’m quite certain on the part of the President, it’s farthest from his mind,” he said. MST

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