Palace: Term extension bid for elected officials up to Congress
Robie de Guzman • July 11, 2019 • 484
MANILA, Philippines – The decision on whether to amend the Constitution to provide for longer terms of elected officials, as proposed by House speaker bet Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano, is up to lawmakers, Malacañang said on Thursday.
“The decision would always lie on the members of Congress because they are the ones passing the bill. I will not preempt the wisdom of the members of Congress on this matter,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo told reporters at a Palace press briefing.
Cayetano, during a gathering of lawmakers on Wednesday, proposed to extend the term limits for elected officials, insisting it would be more “practical” and “productive” for the Lower House.
Panelo also suggested to congressmen to consult the public about the proposal.
“I think they should conduct a survey on the sentiments of the people, whether or not they agree on that proposal. And I’m sure since that has been floated, there will be opinions being expressed by many sectors,” he said.
At present, a congressman has a three-year term and may serve for no more than three consecutive terms.
A senator has a six-year team with one re-election. (with details from Grace Casin)
The Malacañang insisted that President Rodrigo Duterte will not set aside the West Philippine Sea arbitral ruling for the joint oil exploration with China.
This was after former Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Albert Del Rosario slammed the president’s statement.
“[Because the] exclusive economic zone is part of the arbitral ruling which we will ignore to come up with an economic activity,” President Duterte was quoted saying during the oath-taking of the Malacanang Press Corps on September 10.
Vice President Leni Robredo expressed dismay over what she referred to as ‘irresponsible’ statement of the chief executive.
However, the palace said President Duterte is not setting aside the decision of the Hague Arbitral Tribunal, as well as the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the country.
According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, the negotiation between the Philippines and China will remain.
“The setting aside doesn’t mean that we will abandon it. what the president means, as we have repeatedly said, and as he has said too, the arbitral ruling is still subject to talks between two countries, negotiation is ongoing peacefully, meanwhile we focus on other concerns may mutually benefit the two countries,” he said.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Thursday condemned the ambush on former Pangasinan governor Amado Espino Jr.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo called the attack a “felonious act” and assured the public that authorities are on top of the situation.
He also vowed that the government will spare no effort in finding and bringing the perpetrators to justice.
“We condemn this felonious act as we believe that any unjustified killing has no place in a civilized society like ours,” Panelo said in a statement.
“We guarantee that police authorities are already on top of the situation and will spare no effort in finding the perpetrators of this crime and ascertaining their motive for consummating the same,” he added.
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