MANILA, Philippines – Former congressman Jose “Peping” Cojuanco, President Benigno Aquino III’s uncle, boldly disclosed that he was not satisfied with the President’s leadership. He even said that he was ready for a third EDSA People Power Revolution should Aquino continue to shun calls of resignation.
Aside from Aquino’s refusal to step down from his office, Cojuanco was also dismayed with the President’s inaction in making electoral reforms; his continued support to the BBL; and his endorsement to change the constitution and form a parliamentary government in 2016.
“If we have to remove him we will have the same way we did in the EDSA Revolution. We will set up new government,” Conjuanco said in an interview.
Cojuanco admitted that he already talked to people from different sectors and asked them the changes and reforms they desired for the Philippines.
Cojuanco also planned to organize a mass at the EDSA shrine on February 22, a rally in Makati City on February 23, and another rally in Luneta Park on February 24.
“I don’t know if people will come or not, in the same manner when Cory called for a rally,” he said.
The Malacañang, on the other hand, released a statement that said Aquino was still ‘committed to fulfill his sworn duty until the completion of his term of office.’
“Ginagampanan ng pangulo ang kanyang tungkulin at tinutupad and mandato ng kanyang mga boss na naghalal sa kanya. Ang mga boss narin po ang karapat dapat na magpasya ano man ang paratang ng mga hindi sumasang-ayon,” Presidential Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said in a press conference.
(The President is fulfilling his duty and executing the mandate of the bosses who elected him. He believes that the same bosses should be the ones to take action on the accusations of the opposition.)
Coloma also said that the Malacañang saw Cojuanco’s actions as an evidence of a healthy democracy in the country.
With report from Cyra Moraleda