Cha-cha still at consultation stage: Palace

Posted at 08/27/2014 4:34 PM

MANILA - Malacanang appealed to the public to trust President Benigno Aquino III to do the right thing on the issue of Charter change.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda was reacting to constitutionalist Fr. Joaquin Bernas, who expressed his opposition to moves seeking a term extension for the President.

Bernas said that “six years is long enough” and advised the President to get a rest and let other good people take over.

Bernas, a member of the 1986 Constitutional Commission, warned against clipping the powers of the Supreme Court. He also said there was no judicial overreach when the Supreme Court decided on the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) since it merely followed the letter of the law.

Lacierda said the President is still in the consultation stage and has not made any moves yet.

"I guess Fr. Bernas is speaking ahead of any action that will be taken by the President,” he said.

He said Aquino has kept his faith in the Filipino people for the past four years and asked them, in turn, to trust that the President will do the right thing.

The Makati Business Club also expressed their opposition against the term extension as it warned Aquino of undermining the gains of his administration.

Lacierda explained Malacanang understands the businessmen's concerns.

"But again, like the previous concern, we’d just like to tell the Makati Business Club that the President has not made any action yet with respect to charter change. He is still in the process of consultation," he said.