PDP-Laban Submits Own Draft of the Constitution Adopting Parliamentary-Federal System of Government


Pres. Rody Duterte's party and main proponents of Federalism, PDP-Laban submitted their own draft of a Constitution that adopts a Parliamentary-Federal System of Government, allowing Pres. Duterte to run for reelection, and scraps the Office of the Vice President.



Based upon the draft Charter submitted by PDP-Laban Federalism Institute, the Philippine President's term is five years with reelection for one term, or a total of 10 years. In the event of the President's death, the Senate President will assume the Presidency.

The draft charter was prepared by a 15-member study group including the institute's executive director, Jonathan Malaya, and University of Sto. Tomas Professor Edmund Tayao. Under the said draft all constitutional provisions pertaining to the Vice President are repealed.

The plans of PDP-Laban is to pass the new Constitution during the Duterte administration even if the actual shift to Federalism occurs after.

According to the proposal of Tayao and Malaya, the Parliament will consit the two houses, the Federal Assembly as the National Legislative Authority and the Senate as the Legislative Body representing Regional Governments. The President who is directly voted into office, will be the head of state while the Prime Minister, who will be nominated by the President from the roster of Federal Assembly members after elections, is the head of government.

One of the main changes in the political scene under the Parliamentary-Federal System is the abolition of the controversial Party-List System leaving only the Federal Assembly with no more than 400 members.

The draft also includes a ban on political dynasties, prohibiting the spouses and other relatives of a candidate within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity from seeking an elective office. The proposed Charter creates regional governments that will enjoy autonomy but not sovereignty.

The draft Constitution is one of two proposals under deliberation on the House panel, the other being Resolution of Both Houses No. 08 prepared and submitted by Pampanga Rep. Aurelio Gonzales Jr. and ABS Rep. Eugene Michael de Vera.

The draft Charter retains the preamble, Bill of Rights, suffrage provisions, among other features of the 1987 Constitution. The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will tap civil society organizations for the promotion of federalism.

DILG officer in charge Catalino Uy said on Wednesday that the agency would accredit organizations as partners in the promotion of federalism and train them in information content and dissemination.

Source: PIA


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