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President Benigno S. Aquino III. Malacañang Photo Bureau

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang was not fully convinced with the opinion of an American executive that President Benigno Aquino III should seek reelection.

“While we note Mr. (Daniel) Wagner’s view that ‘…(if President) Aquino does not run, win, and serve a second term, the country risks losing its hard won gains…,’ we wish to emphasize that what remains essential to the President is to know the sentiments of his bosses, the Filipino people, on how to ensure that the reforms and transformation that he has begun will continue and will become permanent,” Communications Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. told

Daniel Wagner is the chief executive officer of US-based Country Risk Solutions. His article “Can the Philippines afford a single Aquino term in office?” was published in Huffington Post Tuesday.

Wagner said the Philippines could not afford to backtrack and that Aquino stepping down in 2016 may result in the undoing of many reforms.


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