any Filipinos today are realizing that the single, six-year presidential
term as prescribed in the 1987 Constitution is woefully inadequate for a
good president like Benigno S. Aquino III. The delegates who wrote that
provision in the Constitution must
have still been reeling from the almost 20 years of “kleptocratic”
rule of strongman Ferdinand Marcos when they decided that one term was
enough for any future Philippine president. Four years—the presidential term
at the time—would be too short; eight too long. So the delegates must have
all arrived at the happy medium of 6 years and that was that.
Six years was just about right for Cory Aquino who in hindsight didn’t do
much as president. Fidel Ramos could have accomplished more if he had a
longer term—but he couldn’t “rock the boat” so soon after the Constitution
was promulgated. For Erap Estrada, six years was certainly too long so he
got booted out of office in two. Gloria Arroyo lasted a total of 9 years as
president by hoodwinking the public into thinking she was working for them,
but in reality her husband and her were working only for themselves.
So now we have a president who appears to be doing all the right things but
his 6-year term ends in 2 years. Looking to replace him is Jejomar Binay who
for all intents and purposes seems to be a typical Filipino politician
intent on establishing a political dynasty just like most corrupt Filipino
politicians try to do.
Aquino has so far brought about a lot of changes, but given the entrenched
corruption inherent in the population, change is happening at a very slow
pace. Much of what has been started by Aquino will remain unfinished when
his term ends in two years.
The question many now ask is: should the flawed constitution the Philippines
has be amended to give Aquino a few more years so he can finish what he
started? DILG Secretary and presidential aspirant Mar Roxas believes it is
the right thing to do. Roxas even is willing to put his presidential
ambitions on hold to give Aquino a few more years in office.
The Ampatuan Massacre case, the indictment against Gloria Arroyo, the
plunder cases against Senators Enrile, Revilla, and Estrada—for starters—are
all still pending. Will a Binay administration (should he win the election)
be as determined to see these cases through to their conclusion?
For many, amending the poorly thought-out sections of the 1987 “Cory
Aquino” Constitution makes more and more sense as the 2016 election year
draws near. The fear that all the hard-won changes of the past four years
will be lost should a traditional Filipino politician (trapo) win the
And if the Constitution is amended and a Philippine president can once again
be elected to two terms, how long should those terms be? Do we go back to
the 4-year term we used to have? We’d like to hear all you have to say on
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Our Readers (Topic: Should President Aquino Get a Second Term as President?)
Name: Jorge Villanueva City/State/Country: Canada IP
The sentiment for allowing Pres. Aquino to continue governing must emanate from the majority of the Filipinos. The process of changing the constitution is serious, highly divisive and fundamentally important that it can't be left for congress alone to decide without input and encouragement from the people. I understand that such a requirement would make it extremely difficult if not impossible for Pres. Aquino to extend his term. Of course, the onus is for the country to accept the challenge and realize what's at stake.
Name: RU Sincere City/State/Country: Saskatoon Canada
IP Address: 184.108.40.206
Pnoy needs a second term to fulfill the dreams of his parents and
Filipinos. Two four years terms should be the norm unlike now the Philippines is spending so much on election every 3 years..let The President get more time to lift the Philippines further...
City/State/Country: Rowland Heights, Ca. IP Address: 220.127.116.11
We need a gargantuan change. We need to have PNoy extend his term for that could interrupt the cycle of corruption if another "trapo" who will just enrich himself and his family succeeds the president. Marunong talaga ang Diyos. Bago pa man maka first base si Binay nalaman na ng taong bayan ang tunay na pagkatao nito. Tama na ang inggit at ambisyon for a change. Isulong ang kabutihan ng mas nakakarami. Extend PNoy's term for our country's better future.
Name: Red Dragon
City/State/Country: Torrance IP Address: 18.104.22.168
is the man!!!!!! but our constitution must be upheld. No reason to change it. It
is going to be a very difficult road for the next president to travel.....
hopefully.... it is Aquino's way.....
Aquino's way is the only way to uphold Filipino's
dignity. Very transparent!!!!! His governance is for
the betterment of our country.
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