vp noli de castro : not in favor of term extension, no election
vice president noli de castro has taken the right step – expressing his stand not to extend the term of elected officials and in effect not hold elections in 2010.
it’s really hard to understand why the congressmen want to do it. no sensible explanation has been given on why that will be good for the country. it seems the only reason they want to extend their term is just for self-serving reasons and this clearly obvious, hardly hidden agenda to extend the term of president gloria macapagal arroyo.
de castro being the current president and allied with arroyo has taken a bold step in clearly stating he is not for term extension. in other words, he wants the election to proceed as planned in 2010. and as everyone knows, he will most likely declare his candidacy for it.
there is no way one can do a marketing plan contingency when elections are not held. admin and opposition presidentiables are in a bind – we are sure these presidentiables are already executing their groundwork for the election as early as now. all these efforts that they are doing now will all be wasted if no election is held. it will be a waste of time and money.
De Castro not in favor of term extension
MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Noli de Castro said he was not in favor of extending the term of incumbent officials, and warned that such moves, along with a postponement of the 2010 elections, would “anger” the people.
“Our citizenry is expecting 2010 elections, and then you will postpone it, and then when they want elections, they want to change the officials of government, from the President down, and then you will tell me that you want a one-year extension, that’s a bit off, the people will get angry,” De Castro said in Filipino Friday.
Moves by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s allies in the House of Representatives to convene a constituent assembly to amend the 1987 Constitution have sparked fears of a term extension for Arroyo, whose six-year term will end in June 2010.
But De Castro said he was in favor of Charter change, but only if it would center on economic reforms.
“Ang economic provisions yun ang importante [Economic provisions are what are important], number one,” he said in an interview at the Intercontinental Hotel in Makati City.
Asked about moves for a term extension, De Castro said: “Medyo negative yun sa ating mga kababayan pag i-eextend mo pa ang aming term, sabagay makikinabang ako doon pero negative sa tao yun [That’s a bit negative to our people if you will extend our term. Yes, that will be favorable to me, but that will be taken in a negative light by our people]. I’m not in favor of that.”