Nancy: 6 years not enough for President

Posted at 08/07/14 10:06 AM

MANILA - Sen. Nancy Binay believes six years may not be enough for a sitting President to achieve his or her goals in Malacanang. However, she also admitted there might not be enough time to amend the Constitution now to allow a term extension.

Speaking to reporters, Binay said there is not enough time to study proposals to amend the Constitution and allow President Aquino to extend his term.

She said there are many pending pieces of legislation that need the attention of lawmakers including the proposed 2015 national budget and the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

"Unang-una, it's not up to me. Wala akong choice pagdating sa pag-extend ng term ng Presidente kasi specific ito sa Constitution natin na there's only one term so...Di ko rin nga maintindihan bakit pinag-uusapan natin yung another term for President Aquino when we all know there's only one term allowed...Unless there is a move to change the Constitution," she said.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas earlier told ABS-CBN News that President Aquino should stay longer in Malacañang so that he could continue his program of good governance. He also said he is aware this would require an amendment to the Constitution, which limits the president to only one 6-year term.

Binay, daughter of Vice President Jejomar Binay, said that if Charter change is discussed, the first priority should be amendments to the Charter's economic provisions.

Asked if she is amenable to a term extension, she said: "I think, kailangan natin pag-aralan kasi nga kapag inisip mo, kulang nga yung six years kasi baka nga mas maganda kung dalawang four years, di ba? Isang option yun eh."

"I am open to the idea na kailangan gawing two terms na four years. Kasi sa US ganun eh. Two terms na tag-four. So parang eight years. Baka it's an option. I am not saying na iyon ang gawin. Siguro baka pwede pag-aralan."

The senator said one person that should be asked about term extension is President Aquino himself. She noted that she has news that Aquino is already counting the days that he has to stay in office.

The senator refused to speculate if Roxas' proposal for Aquino's longer stay in office means the ruling Liberal Party has no strong candidate for the 2016 polls.

This, amid Vice President Binay's admission that he has information that the LP might adopt him as a possible guest candidate.

"Ayoko naman i-assume na wala silang malakas na kandidato. Matagal pa yung 2016. Anything is possible," Senator Binay said.