Duterte pushes Charter change

July 09, 2019

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has asked the next set of leaders of the House of Representatives to push for a change in the country’s constitution within his term.

Duterte said he disclosed this during his Monday meeting with Taguig City Representative Alan Peter Cayetano, Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco and Leyte Representative Ferdinand Martin Romualdez on the speakership race.

That meeting ended with a Duterte-backed term sharing deal for Speaker involving Cayetano and Velasco, and Romualdez getting the endorsement as the next majority leader.

“We have to change the Constitution. Whether federal or what not. Sabi ko doon sa tatlo kinausap ko,” the President said in his speech before newly appointed officials in Malacañang.

“Sabi ko, ‘If you want to change the Constitution, do it now. Nandiyan pa ako.’ And I can tell the military, ‘No, no, no. You better’...Kasi ang military mainit na. And I have told you all the corruption sa gobyerno, ang pinakamalaki nandiyan sa itaas.”

Duterte said last month that he could not eradicate corruption even if he served for20 years as president under the 1987 Constitution, which he seeks to abolish to pave way for a federal form of government.

The President has been pushing for a shift to a federal form of government to address national economic and power imbalances.