Palace shrugs off call for Aquino's re-election

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

MALACAÑANG distanced itself on Sunday from the call to extend President Benigno Aquino III's stay in office.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that the Palace has nothing to do with the group of netizens, which posted in a social networking site “One More Term: Re-elect PNoy for President,”which reportedly has gained four million supporters already.

"Wala po kaming kinalaman sa pagpapahayag na ganyan. ‘Yan po ay spontaneous at natural na pagpapahayag ng saloobin. Alam naman po natin ang nature ng ating social media, bukas at hayag sa lahat. Wala naman pong kumokontrol niyan," he said in an interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

Coloma asked those behind the call to respect the Constitution, which bars an incumbent president from seeking another six-year term.

"Kaya sa kabila ng mga pahayag na ’yan, ang ipapaalala lang po natin sa kanila ay ‘yung probisyon ng Saligang Batas hinggil sa iisang termino lang na anim na taon, at doon naman po ang puno at dulo ng lahat ng usapin hinggil diyan," he said.

Aquino's term ends in June 2016. (SDR/Sunnex)

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