Recto to colleagues: Mute cha-cha talk

Posted at 08/14/14 9:27 PM

MANILA - Senator Ralph Recto is asking his colleagues in politics to cease and desist from pushing 2016 succession talk.

In a statement, Recto said energy should be focused on the real problems of the people.

“We must restore our bearings. The people don't want us to talk loudly about succession. What they want is for us to work hard so that government programs meant for their benefit succeed,” he appealed.

Vice President Jejomar Binay has made known his plans for 2016. Immediately after he stated that President Benigno Aquino III may support his presidency, his rivals have also moved to counter Binay’s plans.

On Thursday morning, Filipinos woke up to news that Aquino himself is also now open to amending the Constitution, including the provision on the term limit for the highest post in the land.

While he did not categorically say he would be running anew if the limit is amended, the Palace communications team has been issuing statements that Aquino’s decision will depend on the “voice of his bosses.”

“If we want the nation to march to the same beat, our leaders must tone down the volume on topics about 2016 and in the meantime mute the Cha-cha music on changing political provisions of the Constitution,” Recto said.

“This early, unofficial presidential primaries do not do anything good to us, except perhaps to create the spectacle of them throwing mud at each other, a show which can entertain the people but does not improve their lot,” he added.