Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – President Aquino on Monday criticized the politicians who are already gearing up for the 2016 Philippine presidential elections.
In his speech during the inauguration of a bridge and a connecting road network in Cagayan province, Aquino said talks on the next elections can wait. He said politicians should right now focus on solving the problems of the country.
Among the politicians who have been talking with the media about the 2016 polls lately was Vice President Jejomar Binay, the front-runner in the presidential surveys.
In an interview with The Adobo Chronicles, Aquino said that Binay and other presidential aspirants should at least wait until a constitutional convention is held to amend the law to allow the president to have a second six-year term.
Under the current constitution, the president is limited to one, six-year term which expires in 2016.
Aquino’s allies in Congress have been pushing to convene a constitutional convention, more popularly known in the country as Cha-Cha, to amend the law and allow Aquino to stay on as president beyond 2016. Aquino seems to be warming up to the idea.
“If the campaigning starts now, it seems I will be at a disadvantage. Let’s wait until after the constitution is amended to allow me to run for another term,” Aquino said.”It’s a matter of fairness,” he added.