No to Term Extension-A A +A
Saturday, August 16, 2014
PRESIDENT Benigno “PNoy” Aquino III delivered what he himself called his last SONA a couple of weeks or so ago. In that state of the nation address, in this his final year as president, PNoy also so eloquently encapsulated a thought, that in an examination of his record of public service, “Kuntento na po ako dahil panatag ang kalooban ko na kung ako po’y mawala na dito, marami po ang magpapatuloy ng ating tinahak na; baka iyon lang po talaga ang papel ko, na umpisahan ito.” The man is content because he has stayed true to his goal of starting “ito” -- the transformation process for the country.
Aquino has also been quite vocal that he would not seek a second term, not violate the constitution, that provides for only one six-year term for president. Period. Now, there is noise that the “Palace” would consider seeking a term extension… if we the people would like it.
During Ramos’s term, there was similar noise. During Macapagal-Arroyo’s term, there was a bit of that noise. There always is this desire in regimes of power to overstay. Except in the case of PNoy’s mother, Cory Aquino. Actually, she is the example to follow in this issue of to seek or not to seek term extension.
Let me liken this presidential gig to any other show. There are three inexorable, inevitable, just so given sections of any show, story, play: a beginning, a middle, and an end. Any actor, director, producer worth their salt knows this and makes sure to get the show done by “end.” We are now, as a country, in PNoy’s exit scene. He knows this and should follow through on it, despite what probably are voices in his ear out to prolong his presidency for their own objectives.
The Pinoy audience itself does have this propensity to overstay at a show, said audience asking for an encore, for example, at a concert, refusing to leave until yet another encore is considered, and another, and another. This is an audience that doesn’t know when to stop asking for more, quite frankly. It leaves only when the director draws the curtains with finality. I see this happen all the time, and I’ve seen a loooooot of shows.
The constitution says six years. It’s the sixth year. Let PNoy exit as he should, gracefully. He’s had a good gig and deserves a good bow.
After which the curtains just have to close. Come on, already. End.
PNoy should just tie up the loose ends, do a good finale, exit, and then take a bow. If his show was just so good, then after another six years, he can make it back to the presidency. He’ll still be young enough for the part, anyway, and a second run.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 16, 2014.