Editorial: Another wrong move

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

IT LOOKS like the Aquino administration’s “Daang Matuwid” has gotten crooked going to the homestretch. Pushing for charter change to accommodate President Noynoy Aquino’s running for a second term can be considered the lowest this government has plunged.

Even former president Cory, PNoy’s mother, didn’t venture into such depths.

Days after the idea was floated by Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, the President finally stated in a television interview last Wednesday that he is open to running for a second term.


“When I took this office, I recall that it was only for one term of six years,” he said. “Now, after having said that, of course, I have to listen to my bosses.”

That’s actually a variation of traditional politician (trapo) talk. Remember how trapos trying to be coy about their political ambition answer the question why they are running for a post? That they are merely listening to the people’s voice?

Of course, there’s no such thing as people’s clamor to amend the Constitution to allow Aquino to run for reelection.

Before that trial balloon was floated, surveys had shown that the President’s approval rating had dipped. Also, impeachment complaints were filed against him. These developments do not necessarily support the contention that the people want him to stay in Malacañang for long.

Instead, by presenting the possibility of running for reelection and amending the Constitution in the process, PNoy is exhausting whatever remaining goodwill he is getting from the people that voted him into office. He will now be seen as another power-hungry politician.

The truth is, it was not the people that opened his mind to the possibility of running for reelection but the politicians surrounding him. They surveyed the 2016 political landscape and saw only bleak scenarios. Or are these politicians actually his real “bosses?”

The point is, as Aquino winds down his presidency, he has failed in two important tests of statesmanship and leadership. He showed his lack of statesmanship in his attacks against the Supreme Court and his selfishness as a leader in his push for a second term.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 15, 2014.


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