Allies of President Benigno Aquino want him to run for President in 2016 because the administration Liberal Party has no ‘viable presidentiable.’
1-BAP party-list Rep. Silvestre Bello III thinks the move by Aquino allies to amend the Constitution is a political gimmick to allow the President to run for a second term.
Bello also said the ranks of the LP are thinning due to a leadership problem in so far as the 2016 election is concerned.
The ‘anointed’ LP 2016 standard bearer, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, has consistently been losing badly in surveys to Vice President Jejomar Binay, the presidential bet of the opposition United Nationalists Alliance (UNA) of former President now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.
The LP “has to resort to all forms of political gimmicks to prevent mass desertions from their ranks, knowing that the LP has no viable presidentiable,” said Bello.
The move to amend the Constitution to allow Aquino to run in 2016 is splitting the ranks of the LP.
LP leaders – Senate President Franklin Drilon, Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr., and House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales – have emphasized that there is no more time to push for political Charter change (Cha-cha) to allow President Aquino to seek a fresh term.
But another party stalwart, Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice, keeps on pushing amendments to the Constitution.
AKO Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe has called Erice the “Don Quixote of Congress” for aggressively pushing amendments to the Constitution to allow President Aquino to run anew in the 2016 presidential elections, despite the Pulse Asia survey that showed that 62 percent of Filipinos are against giving Aquino a second term.
Belmonte, who authored the Resolution of Both Houses (RBH) No. 1 seeking an economic Cha-cha, maintained that there is “no enough time” for the House to tackle Erice’s measure. Under Erice’s proposal, a President and Vice President will be elected to a four-year term, with a single reelection.
Gonzales had also expressed belief the political Cha-cha is as good as dead after Drilon said they do not have time to tackle the proposed constitutional amendments to pave the way for the President’s reelection.