PNoy ally to push for Cha-cha consultations

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 14 2014 03:33 PM | Updated as of Aug 14 2014 11:33 PM

JV Ejercito urges PNoy to follow Cory's example

MANILA - An ally of President Aquino is determined to file a resolution calling for Charter change to lift term limits of public officials and allow President Aquino to seek a second term.

Caloocan 2nd District Rep. Edgar Erice said the President’s change of stance on lifting term limits has pushed him to conduct more “consultations” with constituents before he finally files his resolution.

“Lamang naman ‘yung gustong magpatuloy si Pangulong Aquino although hindi ganoon ka overwhelming. I would say na 60-40 (ng constituents) ganoon. Pero marami din nagsabi sa kanila kasi ang dahilan nila ayaw na ng Pangulo. E pero ngayong pronouncement niya palagay ko malaking pagbabago. Ito nga ang nagbigay sa akin ng inspirasyon para muli pang mag-conduct ng mga consultation sa aking distrito,” Erice told reporters in the Senate at the sidelines of the joint congressional oversight committee hearing on the automated election system.

“Parang binibigyan ng pagkakataon hindi lang kaming mga political leaders kundi ‘yung mamamayan para pag-isipan mabuti,” he added.

President Aquino on Wednesday said he is open to the idea of amending the Constitution including the lifting of term limits of elected officials.

He, however, said this does not mean he will seek a second term.

Meanwhile, Senator JV Ejercito said President Aquino's change of heart on Charter change is a virtual admission that the Liberal Party has no viable standard bearer in the 2016 elections.

“‘Yung kanilang pinu-push na term extension para na ring pag-amin na wala silang ipantatapat sa aming manok ‘di ba? Parang pag-amin na rin ng kahinaan ng Liberal Party ‘yan na wala silang maitatapat na malakas na presidential candidate kasi nga term extension na ang kanila pong inihirit e. Pag-amin na nila’yun. So nagpapasalamat na rin ako sa kanila inamin nila na wala silang maitapat sa aming standard bearer na si Vice President Binay,” Ejercito told reporters.

Ejercito said he will oppose moves to change the political provisions of the Constitution. He also reminded Aquino of his mother Cory’s refusal to seek another term during her time.

“Kung anuman ang ipinaglaban ng kanyang ina noon, sana maalala niya,” Ejercito said.

Ejercito asked Aquino to instead prioritize addressing the country’s urgent problems even as he remains supportive of calls to amend the charter’s economic provisions.

“Sana naman Mr. President, pag-isipan mo muna kung mapapaganda natin ang kabuhayan ng inyong mga boss bago mo pag-isipian ang kanilang kagustuhan kung gusto nilang tumakbo ka uli. Palagay ko pag-isipan nyo kung paano mapapaganda ang buhay ng mga boss mo.”