Palace to Cha-cha critics: Read PNoy's lips

By Jorge Carino, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 15 2014 07:08 PM | Updated as of Aug 16 2014 03:08 AM

MANILA - Malacanang believes that more than anyone else, it is President Benigno Aquino III who is aware of the democratic legacy of his parents.

"You know, like the President said in the last SONA [State of the Nation Address], I think he is one of the best people to be aware of what the legacy of his parents are," Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Undersecretary Abigail Valte.

Valte's comment was a reaction to the the opposition's and critics' statement that Aquino's change of heart on Charter change is undoing the legacy of former President Cory Aquino.

Valte said the President's statements on Charter change and term extension should be be read in full and in context.

During President Aquino's interview with TV5, she said the president did not say that Charter change would be undertaken tomorrow, next week or in the next few months.

"It would be best to wait for the entire thing just so we see the examples that he gave because he was very specific. He gave specific examples on particular issues that concern him that have come about because of the last few months. Notably, the ones that I remember well are about judicial overreach and he also spoke about judicial restraint. He mentioned particulars," he said.

She said the reactions from anti-administration forces were expected.

"You know, I think at this point, anything that they say with regard to the administration is obviously borne out of their own motivations and their own issues. In my past four years that I've had this job, I don't quite remember that they've had anything, really, perhaps in agreement with--I don't remember anything that we've had an agreement on," she said in reaction to criticisms made by the leftist militant groups.

She said Malacanang respects everyone's opinion.

The Palace clarified that the President's statement is not in any way an attempt to get back at the Supreme Court as viewed by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP).

IBP threatened to take every legal action to block President's Aquino's attempt to seek a term extension.

"We do not agree with that particular...their take on the motivation. 'Yung sa pangalawa, handa… Malaya silang… They are free to adopt any position that they will on this particular issue. However, I do hope-and this is personal--I do hope that they have consulted their members," Valte said.