ROMUALDEZ ASKS PALACE TO DROP ‘2ND TERM’ PLANS FOR PNOY
• August 25, 2014
• Written by Ryan Ponce Pacpaco
• Published in Top Stories
HOUSE independent bloc leader and Leyte (1st District) Rep. Ferdinand Martin “FM” G. Romualdez yesterday said Malacañang should drop plans to push for the second term of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III so as not to distract various concerns that need immediate actions and solutions.
Romualdez, a lawyer and president of the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa), said Aquino is doing a great disservice to the Filipino people with its failure to make a categorical statement on his stand on political revisions of the Constitution to allow his second term.
“Since he (Aquino) said he was open to another term, it has left people confused, and political, government, and private organizations are speculating, and the entire nation is distracted. As if they want the people to scurry around, while waiting for some words from above. The people are intelligent, and should not be insulted and demeaned that way,” said Romualdez.
“The administration has lost its focus even more on the pressing economic issues like joblessness, and fundamental economic reforms to generate investments,” said Romualdez. The House opposition leader said even Aquino’s allies are cold to the idea of touching the political provisions of the Constitution.
However, Romualdez has been backing Resolution of both Houses No. 1 sponsored by Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr. which seeks to add the phrase “unless otherwise provided by law” to some economic provisions of the Constitution.
Plenary discussions on the RBH 1 is expected to resume today.