VP Binay blasts 'insidious plan' for PNoy term extension

Posted at 08/21/14 10:31 AM

MANILA - Vice-President Jejomar Binay on Thursday assailed moves to extend the term limit for President Aquino and to clip the powers of the Supreme Court.

Binay, who is eyeing the presidency in 2016, warned the country's democracy will be in danger if a constitutional provision that provides the Supreme Court power to rule on grave abuse of discretion is amended.

"Ang ating demokrasya ay muling nanganganib dahil sa pag-udyok sa ating Pangulo ng ibang gusto manatili sa puder ng kapangyarihan pagkatapos ng 2016. Na itulak sa pag amyenda sa saligang batas upang tanggalin ang limit sa termino ng Pangulo at bawasan ang kapangyarihan ng ating Mataas na Hukuman," he said.

"Checks and balance are the foundations of democracy and the Constitution has mandated with the judiciary to invoke the power to determine whether or not there has been grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack of jurisdiction on the part of any branch or instrumentality of the government," he added.

He noted that the powers vested on the judiciary ensure that the threat of another dictatorship will not occur.

He urged those who fought the Marcos dictatorship to fight the "insidious plan" for term extension and clipping of the SC's powers.

The Vice-President made the statement after he received a Medal of Valor from the Ninoy Aquino Movement as the country marked the 31st death anniversary of the late senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr.

The awarding was held at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport where Aquino was killed.

It was not the first time that Binay has spoken up about the alleged plan to extend the President's stay in Malacanang.

He earlier dubbed the proposal as selfish as well as unfair to Aquino who has never expressed any intent to seek another term.

"It was a selfish proposal to begin with, motivated more by personal rather than national interest. It was also unfair to the President. The proposal put him on the spot and made him the object of criticisms, which he doesn't deserve," Binay said.