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Palace grateful for provision that allows election of transition leader

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By Genalyn Kabiling

Malacañang is grateful to the consultative committee for including a provision in the draft federal constitution that allows the election of a transition leader.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque speaks during a press briefing at the New Executive Building in Malacanang, Friday. (CAMILLE ANTE / MANILA BULLETIN)

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque 
(CAMILLE ANTE / MANILA BULLETIN)

Such provision should finally put an end to speculations President Duterte was seeking to prolong his stay in power through federalism, according to Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque.

“We thank the Consultative Committee for accommodating the President’s request to provide for an elected transition president. This should finally allay all fears that PRRD has other motives for wanting to shift to a Federal form of government,” Roque said.

The committee has revised its draft federal Charter, placing a provision that prohibits President Duterte from seeking reelection in 2022. An election will instead be called for a transition president and vice president within six months from the ratification of the new constitution.

The President earlier asked the commission to revise the transitory provision of the draft Charter, that assigns him to lead a transition commission until the election of the federal government leaders in 2022.

Duterte has refused to assume any role in the transition government, saying he was already tired. he instead suggested the election of a leader who will oversee the country’s shift to a federal form of government.

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