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Senators dismissed any call for a change of government, asking to respect an overwhelming mandate earned by President Benigno Aquino III during the 2010 elections.

”He was elected by the majority of the people and we need to respect that mandate. I don’t think there is a place for any call for resignation,” Senator Loren Legarda said in an interview with radio dzBB on Sunday.

Legarda reacted to statement issued by Col. Generoso Mariano, deputy commander of the Naval Reserve Command, asking for replacement of Aquino government which he claimed failed to deliver the promised change of progress.

”I would not want to be that harsh because one year is not enough to correct the mistakes which are already in our system,” Legarda said.

Legarda, who ran for vice president under the ticket of Nationalista Party’s standard-bearer Senator Manny Villar, said the Filipino people should help each other in alleviating poverty and hunger.

”The call for resignation has no place in a developing country like the Philippines specially if there was a democratic processes that have prevailed during that time,” she said.

Senator Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero said the statement of Col. Mariano in a video could be considered ‘inciting to sedition’ and might face court martial proceeding for opening attacking his Commander-in-Chief.

”Definitely inciting to sedition and the video is evidence for inciting to sedition for the crime he committed. And secondly, as member of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, he subject to court martial,” Escudero, a lawyer, said.

Escudero, who supported President Aquino in the last year’s elections, said Mariano might also be removed from service and face imprisonment for issuing statement against President Aquino.

Escudero also said that any call for change of government through military uprising would not also help the country already marred with many problems like graft and corruptions committed in the past administration of President Gloria Macapagl-Arroyo.

Last week, Butuan Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos also called on the President to resign for keeping quiet “against the massive corruption under the Arroyo administration.”

Senator Franklin Drilon hit back at Pueblos, asking the bishop what he did when former President Arroyo has been accused of graft and corruption and appointed her manicurist and gardener to important position in the government. (Jelly F. Musico-PNA/PIA9-BST)




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