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Home Sections Politics President Arroyo’s Party Plans to Solicit Fil-Ams’ Signatures for Petition for Her to Stay in Power
President Arroyo’s Party Plans to Solicit Fil-Ams’ Signatures for Petition for Her to Stay in Power PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 November 2008 06:31

President Gloria Macapagal ArroyoH uman lapdogs (tutas) of Philippine President Gloria M. Arroyo have reportedly prepared petitions that would appeal to Her Excellency to stay in power beyond her term that ends on June 30, 2010. The petitions are said to be signed by the Filipino-American community leaders who were invited to meet with President Arroyo at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel near the Los Angeles Airport tomorrow, Nov. 21, 2008, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Filipino diplomats assigned in Los Angeles have denied any knowledge about the said petitions. They said that the reception is apolitical.


In the meantime, Philippine Senator Nene Pimentel has sent this online publication a press release about the apparent plan of President Arroyo’s supporters to circumvent the Philippine Constitution and permit her to seek a fresh and/or the removal of term limits for elective officials.


Senator Pimentel Says Lifting of Term Limits Should Not Ride on Resolution 10

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today dared lawmakers advocating the lifting of term limits on elective public officials to formalize their proposal into a corresponding resolution instead of riding on Joint Senate Resolution 10 on the adoption of a federal system of government to pursue their dubious scheme.


Senator Pimentel said that Resolution 10, of which he is principal author, is primarily intended to lay down the constitutional framework for the establishment a federal system and it has nothing to do whatsoever with the extension of term or removal of the term limits of elective officials.


He vowed to oppose any amendment to the Constitution that will circumvent the constitutional ban against the reelection of an incumbent President that will benefit President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.


“If they wish to pursue the proposal to lift the term limits or extend the term of public officials, they should put it in a resolution of their own.  Then we can debate it openly. But I cannot see how such a self-serving and distasteful proposition will have the stamp of congressional approval,” the minority leader said.


Senator Pimentel said there is no way he will allow Malacañang and its lackeys in Congress to cash in on Resolution 10 to pursue their hidden agenda of lifting the term limits because that is bound to destroy the chances of the federalism proposal to be approved by the people if and when it is submitted to them in a plebiscite.


He said the incessant efforts of Malacañang to push for a scheme to enable President Arroyo stay in power beyond 2010 smack of a callous attitude and insensitivity to public pulse as expressed in the consistent negative public approval rating she is getting in various public opinion surveys.


Senator Pimentel said that when Press Sec. Jess Dureza mentioned the extension of the President’s term in his prayer at Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting, it was obvious that it was intended to be a trial balloon to get the public reaction to the proposal.


What Press Secretary Dureza did, he said, was done in bad taste and the height of insensitivity to the will of the people as manifested in several public-pulse surveys in the recent past. # # #

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Last Updated on Sunday, 15 March 2009 05:28
Comments (1)
1 Monday, 04 May 2009 21:12
I don't think that soliciting endorsement for the extension of the term of the President will benefit the people of the Philippines.Nevertheless if this Filipino American community will insist they should file petition to revoke their American citizenship and take their oath to be Filipino citizens.In this case we are "same same" .

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