“We need systemic change. That’s more than the capability of one person, even if he’s a Superman. And he’s (Aquino) not a Superman,” Monsod told the ANC news channel.
Monsod said he was disappointed that Aquino was not like his mother who rejected suggestions to run for a second term although no law prevented her from doing so.
“The President didn’t sound like Cory. He sounded like Marcos in 1972 on questions of political issues beyond the scope of the Supreme Court… Then he sounded like [former President Fidel] Ramos in 1997 that he is the only one that can continue the reforms,” Monsod said.
Monsod said Aquino should trust the people to choose a leader who can continue reforms that they want.
Monsod said Aquino, in his last two years as President, should instead focus on implementing social reforms to sustain inclusive growth.
While six years may be too short for a good President, Monsod said six years is too long for a bad one and extending the constitutional limit will only worsen the country’s problems.
He added that lifting term limits could actually make the pork barrel problem worse.
“If the President is allowed reelection, it’s an incentive for him, a very strong temptation to use his discretionary funds to assure his reelection. At the same time, he wants to clip the judicial review powers of the Supreme Court, what will happen? He will have his way in misusing people’s money,” Monsod said.
Monsod said the Supreme Court’s decision against the DAP should not be used as an excuse to clip its powers.
Disagrement among the three branches of government are natural and part of the system of checks and balances, he added.