ROMUALDEZ: BOSSES VS 2ND TERM FOR PNOY
• October 3, 2014
• Written by Ryan Ponce Pacpaco
• Published in Nation
HOUSE independent bloc leader and Leyte (1st District) Rep. Ferdinand Martin “FM” G. Romualdez, supporter of the economic Cha-cha of Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr. and president of the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa), said no less than the voices of the bosses have spoken against the second term for President Aquino.
“The bosses say no to second term for the President. Isn’t it loud and clear? Better for the proponents to back off now so that we will not divide the nation once again,” Romualdez stressed.
Romualdez expressed belief that some allies of President Aquino are continuously pushing political Cha-cha because they are afraid of facing charges after June 30, 2016.
“The biggest problem of the administration is that if their presidential candidate would not win because surely, they would face charges. These people are afraid of losing power and that is the very reason why they are trying very hard or dead set in pushing the second term for the President,” said Romualdez.
Romualdez reiterated that time constraint and uncertain support of majority of their colleagues would signal the death of political Cha-cha.
“They (proponents) must surrender because this is unpopular and too late in the day,” said Romualdez, adding there is no time to push
political Cha-cha especially elections draw near and the filing of certificate of candidacy (CoC) begins in October next year.
Romualdez aired his statements after a Pulse Asia survey disclosed that six of 10 Filipinos do not support such proposal.
The Pulse Asia survey, conducted from Sept. 8 to 15, asked respondents: “If the Constitution will be amended and the President would be allowed to run again, are you in favor or not in favor of
President Aquino running again for the presidency?”
It found out that 62 percent of the respondents are not in favor of Aquino’s reelection, while 38 percent said otherwise.
Earlier, the administration denied that the ruling Liberal Party (LP) was behind the paid advertisement by a group called More2Come or Movement for Reform, Continuity and Momentum.
He said the one page ad would show that there are groups wanting President Aquino to continue implementing reforms for another term.
Political Cha-cha is aimed at allowing President Aquino to run by amending the Constitution either through Constituent Assembly (Con-Ass) or Constitutional Convention (Con-con).
According to the group, it is pushing for the second term of President Aquino because of his relentless and unforgiving campaign against corrupt officials.
It cited the economic growth of the country due to fiscal reforms and budgetary policies resulting in sizeable government savings on the reason for President Aquino to run.