'Re-elect PNoy' campaign not from Palace - Coloma

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 03 2014 12:59 PM | Updated as of Aug 03 2014 08:59 PM

MANILA -- Malacanang said it has nothing to do with a social media campaign seeking to "re-elect" President Benigno Aquino III.

In an interview with radio dzRB, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the call is a spontaneous and natural reaction from netizens.

“Alam naman po natin ang nature ng ating social media, bukas at hayag sa lahat. Wala naman pong kumokontrol niyan,” he said, stressing that Aquino knows the provision in the Constitution limiting a president’s administration to one term.

“Unang-una po ay malinaw ang sinasabi sa ating Konstitusyon na ang bawat halal na Pangulo ay mayroon lamang iisang anim na taon na termino. Kaya kahit na ano man po ang sabihin nila, ang Saligang Batas po natin ang iiral hinggil diyan, kaya ‘yon na lang po ang puno’t dulo ng usapan na ‘yan. Respetuhin po natin ang sinasabi sa Saligang Batas,” he said.

Coloma would not say, however, if Malacanang is flattered by the attention.

“Sila na po mismo ang nagsasabi niyan. Hindi ko na po kailangang dagdagan pa ang kanilang sinasabi,” he said.

The “One More Term for PNoy” was created in March this year and has so far generated more than 4,000 likes.

Aquino’s popularity rating has taken a beating these past few months with survey firms blamed the Disbursement Acceleration Program controversy as one of the reasons.

Impeachment raps have also been filed against Aquino, who was voted into office on an anti-corruption campaign.”