Binay, Roxas clash over PNoy’s term extension

Amid criticism from Vice President Jejomar Binay, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas still wants President Aquino to have a second term via re-election. “In the end, it’s still the ‘bosses’ who must decide,” said Roxas.

Mar Roxas agrees to amend the Constitution to allow Aquino run in 2016 for a second term.

Vice President Binay, however, said that democracy is at stake due to some selfish individuals who are motivating the President to push for a charter change to amend presidential term limit and put a ceiling on Supreme Court’s power.

“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,” Binay explained.

Liberal Party, on the other hand, is yet to convene to have a stand regarding political charter change.

According to CBCP Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs chairman Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, economic charter change in Congress will be used to amend further provisions in the Constitution including political provisions. He believes that if the Constitution is opened for economic amendments, political provisions will also be touched.

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