Only tuwid na daan should get a 2nd term: David, Lim
MANILA - Not pro-Aquino but pro-reform. The convenors of the Koalisyon ng Mamamayan para sa Reporma (Kompre) said they are pushing for improvements and not an extension of President Benigno Aquino III's term.
"Our focus is not the individual. Our focus is what is being done... What is easy to do is to criticize, to expose, and to oppose. But what we choose to do is to assess, to assist, and to propose. That's Kompre," Kompre convenor Karina David told ANC on Tuesday.
David and co-convenor Albert Lim lamented the public seems to be missing the point of reforms implemented by the Aquino administration despite Malacañang's best intentions.
Lim briefly served as former tourism secretary while David was a former chairperson of the Civil Service Commission in the early part of the Aquino presidency.
They believe for all the criticism facing the Aquino government, the President and his "tuwid na daan" deserve their support.
"Last two years it is about time that we tell the government how do we assess the reforms that they promised based on the social contract, which of these reforms are being done, are they being done properly, and which of the reforms still have to be done," David said.
"In the last two years there are still opportunities for more, and it's being reversed because of various reasons, political opposition, people with vested interests have been affected. And so we felt there's a need to support, from outside the government to support these reforms," Lim added.
They said Kompre is far from taking political sides or from blindly following Malacañang, adding they are not funded by the Aquino government.
"We are not a pro-Aquino group that will support every single issue that is brought to the table. We are focused on the reforms that have lasting effect on ordinary Filipino citizens," David said.
Among the reforms Kompre wants are the passage the freedom of information (FOI) bill and the anti-dynasty bill, and the localization of governance reforms.
Although against Charter change, Kompre said Aquino's successor should have his integrity.
"We believe that President Aquino's tuwid na daan should have a second term... And the second termer tuwid na daan must be as clean as President Aquino," David said. - ANC