Second term for PNoy? Burst that balloon

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Thursday, August 7, 2014


WHAT could've driven local government chief Mar Roxas to suggest a second term for President Noynoy Aquino?

He knows the constitutional ban on reelection. No way for PNoy to extend his stay in Malacañang unless the Constitution is amended and he wins in the next election.

Roxas must not have in mind martial law or a popular revolt supported by the military.

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And surely, he wouldn't want the people to rise and ask PNoy not to leave.

What did Mar mean when he said the president always listens to his "bosses"? Did he think PNoy might ignore the prohibition against a new term if the people would insist?

And did Roxas believe the people would support a disorderly transfer of power?

But maybe Roxas just sent aloft a trial balloon and see how far it would go. Maybe he was trying to contain the erosion of power since PNoy's Sona when the president reminded the nation that with less than 20 months left, he’d be a virtual lame-duck.

Or Mar could be playing martyr again, as he did in 2010 when he gave way to PNoy and ran for VP instead.

PNoy would appreciate the cheerleading and people might sympathize with Roxas who's willing to dump his presidential dream once more for his friend.

Overstaying

But the Constitution provides a formidable barrier. Political history should also tell Roxas that people hate attempts at overstaying in the last five minutes of the game.

PNoy and the Palace don't have to play coy, which may be confused with waiting for public sympathy to swell. They should tell us, as his mother did in 1992, no, thank you, my work is done.

(paseares@gmail.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 08, 2014.

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