Noli believes GMA won’t allow failure of elections
By Pia Lee Brago
The Philippine Star
MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Noli de Castro said yesterday he believed President Arroyo would not allow failure of elections to happen only to remain in office longer.
In his weekly radio program “Para Sa Iyo Bayan,” De Castro said he would fight any attempt of Mrs. Arroyo and her allies to perpetuate themselves in power beyond June 30.
He warned that people would rise against such an unconstitutional move.
“I don’t know if the President would do it in the first place. People would not allow it, especially if they violate the Constitution. People would revolt if they do it,” he said in Filipino.
“But if they are thinking that the President would attempt to have failure of elections for her and her allies to still be in power … there is no such thing as perpetuated in power. Many countries thought of that but they failed because people did not allow it.”
The term of office of the president and the vice president expires on June 30.
“On June 30, it’s goodbye for us,” De Castro said.
He added that he is hopeful of a transition in the national leadership at the end of June.
“I won’t go if Mrs. Arroyo would serve beyond June 30, and I believe she would not do it,” he said.
Pangasinan Rep. Jose de Venecia Jr., a former Arroyo ally, had claimed that the President would most likely hang on to power if there were a failure of elections on May 10 and the winning president and vice president are not proclaimed.
De Venecia said there are three scenarios under which Mrs. Arroyo would cling to the presidency.
He said a military takeover and Armed Forces chief Gen. Delfin Bangit and his classmates from Philippine Military Academy Class of 1978, of which Mrs. Arroyo is an adopted member, could keep her in power.
The second scenario, De Venecia said, is if Mrs. Arroyo would hold on to power in the absence of a constitutional successor who would assume the presidency in an acting capacity, and no Senate president who would take over the job temporarily.
He said that the third scenario is Mrs. Arroyo, who is currently running for representative of Pampanga’s second district, would be elected speaker by her allies ahead of the convening of the 15th Congress on the fourth Monday of July.