Chiz: PNoy won't seek term extension

Posted at 08/07/2014 1:45 PM | Updated as of 08/07/2014 8:34 PM

MANILA - Senator Chiz Escudero is not convinced that President Aquino would yield to pressures for him to seek a term extension.

Escudero said Aquino has been counting the days left in his term.

"That's not allowed by the Constitution. It should not even be discussed. I don't think they should even be toying with that idea in their minds. On the part of President Aquino, to be fair, I don't even think he wants that. In fact, huli ko siyang naka-usap, nagka-countdown siya sa kanyang termino at bilang niya ang araw a," Escudero told reporters.

Escudero described the statement of Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda as "unfortunate" for not categorically brushing aside the proposal for Aquino to seek another term.

Lacierda had stated that the President listens to the voice of the people in response to calls for him to seek a term extension.

Escudero said Lacierda's statement did not clarify the President's position on the matter.

"That statement was clearly unfortunate. Hindi sana ganoon kalabo ang naging kasagutan niya kaugnay sa tanong," he said.

"Kailan ba siya naging maingat? I think it's a usual problem ng spokespersons. They have to clarify and distinguish their own opinion from that of the President. Because usually they forget they are spokespersons only, that they are not sharing or enunciating their own opinion but whenever they open their mouth, it's as if the President said it," he added.

"I think ang nag-create ng confusion should clarify," he said, referring to Lacierda.

Meantime, Escudero said that a Binay-Roxas tandem could not be discounted in the realm of possibilities.

As for Escudero's political plans, the senator said he has not been thinking about 2016 elections. He said he would rather get married first but declined to divulge wedding plans.

There has been no discussion, he said, about the possibility of teaming up with Senator Grace Poe for the elections, adding that there are no offers to him as well to run under the Liberal Party.