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    Phl president: We’ll not influence allies

    PHILIPPINE President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday reiterated that he’s opposed to Charter Change despite the resoluteness of his allies to amend the Constitution.
    Speaking for the government, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said he was sure that if the President would be asked if he were for Cha-cha himself, his answer would be the same.
    “The president has consistently expressed his opposition to charter change and for a good reason,” Coloma said. “He has stated this not only within the country but even in foreign lands where he has made visits.”
    He explained that the issue on Cha-cha was also raised in an open forum when the President visited South Korea last October.
    “He said (explicitly) that he does not believe this (Cha-cha) was necessary...he was addressing a group of foreign investors,” the communications secretary said.
    Coloma also said that the President was not the type that “interfered” with the process in the Congress.
    “For people to say that there should be Presidential action on what the Congress is doing now, I think it’s to tread on the issue of separation of powers,” he said.
    The PCOO chief stressed that it was not a priority of the President because he was still too preoccupied with governance among other matters.
    “We would really prefer to focus on implementing the Philippine Development Plans especially considering that as of today there are exactly 849 days left until June 30, 2016 and we’re determined to use each day to the fullest extent in implementing our development programs,” he stressed.
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