Aug 292014
President Benigno Aquino III’s announcement that he will celebrate the end of his term by July 1, 2016 should be enough to stop those who are pushing for his term extension, Vice President Jejomar Binay said Friday.

“The statement of the President…should now end all these divisive efforts to amend the political provisions of the Constitution,” he said in a press statement, referring to moves to extend the President’s term beyond 2016.

In a radio interview last Thursday Aquino said he is one year and 10 months from now,” adding he will put the word “kalayaan” (freedom) on his back.

Binay welcomed the statement saying, “we can now all focus on the pressing needs of our people and ensuring the institutionalization of government reforms.”

“Now that the President himself has settled the issue, I hope those who are goading him to violate the Constitution will stop,” he said.

He expressed hope that the President’s remaining time will be used to unite the people and address the country’s problems.

Binay, however, opposed Aquino’s statement that the Supreme Court’s should be clipped.
“I remain firm in the belief that the judiciary should remain free from pressure coming from the executive or the legislative branches of government,” Binay said.

“The independence of the judiciary from executive or legislative influence must be preserved,” he added. — LBG, GMA News

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