MANILA - Another senator has said it is unlikely that President Aquino will seek another term even if he decides to support moves to lift term limits for elected officials.
Speaking to [email protected], Senator Koko Pimentel said his political party has been pushing for a shift from the presidential to a federal form of government.
He said that even if President Aquino succeeds in pushing for Charter change, it is unlikely that he will take advantage of the term extension and seek a longer stay in Malacanang.
"I think he will do the review of the Constitution but ang aking feeling is even if he succeeds and he is granted a chance to run again, I don't think he will run again," he said.
Asked why Aquino would not run again, he said the President only wants some changes in the 1987 Constitution.
However, he also frowned on a proposal to clip the powers of the Supreme Court. "I am for retaining what we already have," he said.
President Aquino earlier said he was considering constitutional changes including adjustment of term limits for officials that might allow him to serve a second six-year term.
The present constitution would limit Aquino, elected in 2010, to a single six-year term. The restriction was born of the country's experience of martial law under the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, who ruled for more than two decades.
Aquino, speaking in an interview with a local television network, was asked whether charter changes would allow him to seek a second term in 2016.
"When I got into this, I remembered it is for one term of six years," he replied.
"Now after having said that, of course I have to listen to my bosses," he added, using his usual reference to the Filipino people. "But that doesn't mean...that I will automatically chase after another term, right?"
It was Aquino's first comment on reconsidering his stated position against amending the constitution passed during the term of his mother Corazon, who was closely associated with the re-establishment of a democratic order.
Any constitutional amendment would require a vote of three quarters in Congress and convocation of a constitutional convention. Aquino's allies currently dominate both houses of Congress. With Reuters