Grace Poe believes PNoy will do a Cory, won't extend term

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 06 2014 06:16 PM | Updated as of Aug 07 2014 07:09 AM

MANILA - Senator Grace Poe thinks President Benigno Aquino III will follow the example of his mother and would not succumb to proposals to extend his term.

Poe said that while she shares Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas' belief that Aquino has done a good job, she stressed that the Constitution mandates that the President serve only one term.

"Nandoon ako, kasama ako sa minsan may nararamdan na ganyan. Subalit mayroon din tayong mga institusyon na kailangan din nating patibayin at nakalagay sa ating Konstitusyon na mayroon talagang nakalaan na termino ang bawat Pangulo. At sa tingin ko, gaya na rin ng nanay ng ating Pangulo, na noong natapos ang kanyang termino ay alam na niya na nagawa na niya ang dapat niyang gawin at ipinaubaya naman niya sa susunod na mamumuno, at sa tingin ko ganoon din ang ating Pangulo," Poe told reporters on Wednesday.

"Naaawa na rin ang marami sa kanya dahil napakarami na rin niyang sakripisyo at pagod at para sabihin na ipagpatuloy nang ganyan. Sa tingin ko, sa ating Konstitusyon, hindi naman 'yan pinapayagan sa ngayon," she added.

DRILON: NO MOVE TO CHA-CHA FOR PNOY

Senate President Franklin Drilon said there is no move in the Senate to work on amending the Constitution to extend the term of the President.

"Walang plano sa Senado sa cha-cha. Ang cha-cha sa ngayon, ang pagbabago ng proseso sa pag-amyenda ng Saligang Batas ay nasa House of Representatives. The proposed amendment in the House is to place the phrase on economic provisions 'unless otherwise provided by law' in order to provide some flexibility in the setting of economic policies, and we are awaiting the action of the House on this before we take it up in the Senate," Drilon said.

"Insofar as term extension is concerned, that is not discussed here. And it's the first time I'm hearing it," Drilon told reporters when asked about Roxas' statement about the possibility of extending Aquino's term.

Senator Nancy Binay pointed out that Aquino himself had previously expressed his desire to serve only until 2016.

"Ang dapat natin tanungin, willing ba si Presidente Aquino na mag-extend ulit. Parang ang balita ko nga sa Malacañang may countdown na daw kung ilang days na lang in office si President Aquino," Binay said, adding that she does not see any malice when Roxas made the suggestion.

"Hindi naman siguro. Siguro ganoon lang siya kabilib kay Presidente Aquino kaya siguro kung pwede pa mas maigi," she said.

Binay said that while she is open to the idea of allowing a president to run for two terms of four years each, she said that it is not the right time to discuss charter change now, adding that there are more important matters that should be prioritized.

"Ako I'm open to the idea, baka kailangan gawing two terms na four years. 'Di ba sa US ganoon e. Two terms na tig-four so parang eight years di ba. Baka it's an option. Siguro pwedeng pag-aralan. 'Yung six years is medyo kulang, kulang," she said.

"This is not the right time kasi ang dami nating dapat ayusin bago 'yung mga ganoong issue," she added.