Solons on Miriam’s plan to run for president in 2016: ‘It’s a free country’
Lawmakers see nothing wrong if Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago runs for president in 2016.
Marikina Rep. Miro Quimbo, MAGDALO party-list Rep. Francisco Ashley Acedillo and AKO Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe said they would not stop Santiago, who is battling with stage 4 lung cancer, from seeking the presidency in 2016.
“It’s a free country. I am honestly just glad that she has recovered,” said Quimbo, chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means.
Santiago earlier said she is “thinking of several career options” after citing her doctors’ findings that the tumor in her left lung “has regressed” after weeks of intensive treatment.
Acedillo and Batocabe agreed with Miro as they welcomed Santiago’s declaration that she is wiling to run for the highest position in the land as long as she has the full backing of “like-minded” supporters, led by Fr. Joaquin Bernas.
“Senator Miriam is, of course, free to run. But it’s left to her also to cobble up her own team that shall manage her campaign. I don’t think she’ll run to President Aquino to set her up for 2016. She’s above that, I believe,” Acedillo said.
“Of course, Senator Miriam has all the right in the world to run for president. But whether or not she’ll win is another question only time can answer. Who knows? Nixon lost to Kennedy on his first try. Miriam can do a Nixon, hopefully without the Watergate,” Batocabe, a lawyer, said.
Bernas, a member of the 1986 Constitutional Commission that drafted the 1987 Constitution, had asked President Aquino to “give Miriam a chance” and finally put to rest the issue of amending the political provisions of the Charter.
But, Akbayan party-list Rep. Walden Bello said Bernas “was just kidding” when he asked the President to give Santiago a chance.
As provided under the Constitution, the term of President is limited to six years. (Charissa M. Luci)