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LPs admit PNoy's their best bet in 2016; Mar, only second best


Members of the Liberal Party said on Thursday that President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III was still its best bet for the 2016 presidential elections. 
 
In Ruth Cabal's report on "24 Oras" on Thursday, members of the Liberal Party said that they would follow whatever the President's decides. But, most of the LP's members want Aquino to run for a second term.

"We're just putting our best player forward. In case this pushes, through we feel our best player is President Aquino," said LP official Transportation and Communication Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya.  Abaya said the second best player was Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II.

Any extension of Aquino's stay in power would need a constitutional amendment.  

The Constitution provides for a lone six-year term for the Chief Executive.  He or she isn't allowed to run for re-election.

Roxas was Aquino's running mate in the 2010 elections.  Roxas, however, lost to Vice President Jejomar Binay.

According to one of its members and Caloocan representative, Edgar Erice said that there was an ongoing consultation among the Party's constituents and many were in favor of Aquino's re-election. 
 
In an interview with a television network on Wednesday, Aquino expressed his openness to a second term and Charter change, if that is what the public wants to the surprise to many, especially those from the opposition. 
 

Binay said it was important for the President to listen to the real voice of the Filipino people and not of those, who only want personal gain.  —Trisha Macas/NB, GMA News
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