Duterte’s six-year term may be extended “if really necessary” - Koko

According to Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, if the proposed federalism pushes through, President Rodrigo Duterte’s term may be extended if necessary.
Pimentel said a term extension will “depend on the transitory provisions.”

“Depends too on when we approve the new Constitution. If 2019, then the next three years will be the transitory period,” Pimentel explained.

“We can extend the President’s term 1. If really necessary and 2. If he’s amenable to it and 3. Since that extension will be part of the new Constitution, the new Constitution is approved by the people themselves,” Pimentel said.

Koko also addressed speculations of a no-election (no-el) scenario in 2019 if the proposed shift to federalism succeeds this year.

“We can shift to federalism and allow all scheduled elections under the existing constitution to go on and be held,” Koko said.

“Before we can operate under a new Constitution, the provisions of the existing Constitution must be followed. Hence, if there are scheduled elections under the existing Constitution, then this must be followed,” he added.

Earlier, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said Congress can convene this January to tackle the proposal.


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