President Benigno Aquino has been advised against seeking a second term through Charter Change.
The advice comes no less than from the respected Jesuit constitutionalist Fr. Joaquin Bernas, one of the framers of the 1987 Constitution.
Bernas was part of the 1986 Constitutional Commission which drafted the Constitution during the administration of the late President Corazon “Cory” Aquino, the sitting president’s mother.
“Pahinga ka na (Take a rest),” Bernas said on ANC’s Beyond Politics.
Bernas said Aquino would be stepping on the vision for democracy of his mother and the framers of the 1987 Constitution if he pursues his bid to seek another 6-year term through an amendment of the Constitution.
The Constitution currently prohibits a president from being re-elected after one 6-year term. But the President’s allies in Congress are moving to give Aquino an extended term.
Aquino has admitted he is open to a second term if it is the will of the people.
“The move now to have Aquino re-elected is very much against the spirit of the Constitutional Commission and very much against Cory herself,” he said, referring to the president’s mother and democracy icon, Corazon Aquino