ROMUALDEZ TO LP: DROP PLANS TO EXTEND PNOY’S TERM
• August 31, 2014
• Written by Ryan Ponce Pacpaco
• Published in Top Stories
THE House independent bloc yesterday challenged the Liberal Party (LP) to finally drop plans to tinker with political revisions of the Constitution after President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III declared that he is not inclined to serve beyond 2016.
“The LP should make a total surrender of their plans to lift the provisions on term limits to allow elective officials like the President to run for reelection,” said Leyte (1st District) Rep. Ferdinand Martin “FM” G. Romualdez, a lawyer and president of the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa) as he stressed that talks about political Charter change (Cha-cha) will only divide the nation.
Romualdez instead asked his colleagues to focus on pressing matters such as addressing the rising joblessness in the country. “Let us move on and face the pressing issues concerning the welfare of the people such as the problem on joblessness,” he said.
Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice, a stalwart of LP who promised to file his political Cha-cha resolution today, cannot be contacted as of press time yesterday.
Western Samar Rep. Mel Senen Sarmiento, LP secretary general, echoed the position of Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr. not to hold a caucus for political Cha-cha.
Ifugao Rep. Teddy Brawner Baguilat and Iloilo Rep. Jerry Treñas, both LP members, also shared similar positions, adding the ruling party should instead strengthen its foothold for the 2016 polls.
“Yes, I agree with the Speaker when he discouraged the members from meeting for Erice’s proposal, baka kung ano pa ang maimungkahi. I think at this critical juncture, the party has to be sober and take stock of what we need to do organizationally to be the strongest party in 2016,” Baguilat said.
Baguilat expressed belief that Interior Sec. Mar Roxas “seems to be our best bet among party mates who can continue the reform. So the focus is how do we make him and the majority of the partymates win?”