Bayan Muna Reps. Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate said that Pres. Aquino’s openness now for Charter Change (Cha-cha) and term extension is a means to escape accountability from the illegal and unconstitutional Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) because if he succeeds then he would again have immunity.
Colmenares charged that “ang Cha-cha ay isa ring paraan ni Aquino para hindi siya mapanagot sa kasalanan niya sa DAP at sa pagpapatuloy ng pork barrel system dahil kapag siya ay nagtagumpay ay magkakaroon na naman siya ng immunity. Dito makikita na dapat talagang isulong ang impeachment laban kay Pres. Aquino upang siya ay mapanagot na ngayon at hindi na gumawa pa ng mga paraan para makalusot,”
The progressive solons also vehemently denounced Aquino’s move to perpetuate himself in power and clip the power of the Supreme Court describing it as akin to Marcos imposing dictatorship over the country, and the worst kind of betrayal of Ninoy, Cory and the millions who suffered and fought to end Marcos tyrannical rule.
Colmenares and Zarate vowed to vigorously oppose any measure in Congress to amend the Constitution and calls on the people to protests in their millions and frustrate the dictatorial ambition of Aquino.
“Aquino is delusional and power hungry, thus, unfit to rule. His dictatorial ambition must be crushed. He must be ousted from office to prevent him from imposing his wicked plan” said Rep. Colmenares.
Zarate lamented, “Paano gugustuhin ng mga tao na tumagal pa si Aquino sa pwesto gayong sa rehimen niya dumami ang walang trabaho at mahihirap, tumaas ang presyo ng mga bilihin, lumalala ang korupsyon at mga paglabag sa karapatan pantao.”
“There is definitely no clamor from the people to extend his term. The strong clamor of the people is to abolish the corrupt pork barrel system Aquino is perpetuating and to punish all those who plunder and abuse their power, including Aquino,” Zarate stressed.
Colmenares scored Pres. Aquino’s perverted view of the Supreme Court review power as destroying check and balance. The judicial power of the Supreme Court was expanded in the Constitution to check presidential abuse because Pres. Marcos castrated the judiciary during Martial rule.
Colmenares added that “the six-year term limit for the President and the power of the Supreme Court to rule on grave abuse of discretion is precisely enshrined in the 1987 Constitution to strengthen checks and balance and as safeguards against one-man dictatorship.
“The truth is Pres. Aquino wants this check and balance provision removed because he wants to maintain his DAP and his presidential pork and abuse his power,” said the Senior Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.
“The people, in fact, lauded the SC ruling against the congressional and presidential pork barrel as a just and correct decision to check plunder of public funds and abuse of power, said Colmenares.”
Zarate added that “Pres. Aquino’s Chacha train is like a run-away MRT train — it is carrying us not in a tuwid na daan but to a certain perilous end.
“Aquino’s duplicity is now finally and totally unmasked. It’s hele-hele bago kiyere. After all his past denials, in truth he is more interested to perpetuate himself in power and evade accountability like Marcos and Arroyo” Zarate ended.