Erice won’t drop bid for political Cha-cha

President Benigno S. Aquino III tours the exhibit area upon arrival for the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) Membership Meeting and launch of Mindanao Inclusive Agribusiness Program (MIAP) at the SMX Convention Center in Lanang, Davao City on Monday (September 08). The event aims to rally PBSP members and other Mindanao companies around the idea of inclusive business on priority industries: coffee, cacao, corn, palm oil and rubber, as well as possible investments in Bangsamoro. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III tours the exhibit area upon arrival for the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) Membership Meeting and launch of Mindanao Inclusive Agribusiness Program (MIAP) at the SMX Convention Center in Lanang, Davao City on Monday (September 08). The event aims to rally PBSP members and other Mindanao companies around the idea of inclusive business on priority industries: coffee, cacao, corn, palm oil and rubber, as well as possible investments in Bangsamoro. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice is not dropping his plans to have allies push for amendments to the Constitution to give way to a second term for President Benigno Aquino III.

Erice said he did not promise to close his doors on this action plan, but rather to only “set it aside” and revive in the near future.

He said he will push anew political amendments once Congress resumes in October after a three-week break.

“We should already be debating about this before the end of the year, and then the plebiscite may be held during the first quarter of next year,” he said.

He feels that Aquino’s statements on a term extension have been consistent. “That the reforms he introduced must continue after 2016,” he said.

“His message last Friday was very clear. He set aside those who were not with his reforms. Some can’t pretend they are for reforms, but won’t translate this to actions,” he said.

Vice President Jejomar Binay was not present during an event in Malacañang last Friday, which was attended by Aquino’s allies.

Binay’s camp said the vice president was not invited.

Erice said it is high time that a party caucus be held, which should also be attended by coalition allies.

“The party should already decide. The latest we could file the political amendments to the charter is this October,” he said. (MNS)

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