Palace: Aquino's openness on term extension not to escape from DAP cases

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Friday, August 15, 2014

MALACANANG denied Friday that President Benigno Aquino III is now open to seek for another term in order to escape any prosecution after the Supreme Court declared parts of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) as unconstitutional.

"No it's not true. It's far from truth," said Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte in response to a statement by Bayan Muna party-list Representatives Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate.

The lawmakers reportedly said that Aquino wants another term so that he could be immune from suit at least for another six years.


Valte said the militant congressmen were always against the administration.

"You know, I think at this point anything that they say with regard to the administration is obviously borne out of their own motivations and their own issues," she said.

"In my past four years that I’ve had this job, I don’t quite remember that they’ve had anything, really, perhaps in agreement with—I don’t remember anything that we’ve had an agreement on," she added.

To the surprise of many people, Aquino, in a recent television interview, expressed openness on proposals to amend the Constitution and the possibility of lifting the six-year term of a president.

Prior to the television interview, the President was consistent in opposing moves to amend the Charter. (SDR/Sunnex)

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