Just wait for her term to finish, Fajardo says on plots to oust PGMA

June 29, 2009 9:04 am 

MANILA, June 29 — Malacanang today brushed aside reports that a certain group which calls itself Kadamay has been soliciting signatures against the Constitutional Assembly being pushed in Congress and is calling for the ouster of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

“I think, we must just wait for her term to end. She has a few months left before she steps down. This is not going to be productive anymore,” declared Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo in response to questions from Malacanang reporters.

“What we need this time is to work together and cooperate. After all, her (PGMA’s) programs are very good,” she added.

Fajardo said they have the right to express whatever they want but “I don’t think that is necessary. As for Con-ass they can appeal to Congress regarding their objections but as to the ouster of the President, I don’t think we need to do that at this point in time.”

Fajardo also dismissed as “fiction and black propaganda” reports stating that Oplan August Moon is intended to shorten the term of Chief of Staff Victor Ibrado to be allegedly replaced by Gen. Delfin Bangit, the commanding general of the Philippine Army, who favors Charter change to allow the President to stay beyond 2010.

“This is definitely not true. That is fiction and black propaganda. The President will not allow that to happen,” Fajardo said.

“Our military remains loyal to the Constitution, to our nation and to our people. In fact according to them and if I may quote Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner, AFP Spokesman, the AFP leadership remains united and solid behind the Constitution,” she added.

“This kind of news must not be given any attention at all as some might believe it and this can cause confusion. This is not what we need during this time. We need to project that we are stable politically and economically,” Fajardo stated.

Fajardo flatly denied that what happened in Honduras, where the president was ousted because of charter change, can happen in the Philippines.

“We are very confident this is not going to happen to us. I just said that the AFP leadership is united and solid behind the Constitution. So we don’t need to worry that this might happen to us,” Fajardo said.

Fajardo said the President is sensitive to the concerns of the people and all these concerns will be answered in due time. (PNA)

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