Lawmaker eyes limiting President’s term to 4 years with reelection

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  • A congressman is eyeing to limit the term of the President to 4 years, with one reelection
  • He is also willing to lift the term limits for government official if the electorate will approve it
  • Likewise, the solon wants to extend the term of elected officials from 3 to 4 years

MANILA, Philippines – One of the main authors of the working draft for the Charter Change is considering limiting the current term of office of the president from 6 years to 4 years, with one reelection.

ABS party-list Rep. Eugene Michael de Vera, one of the proponents of House Resolution No. 8 which is currently being deliberated in Congress, said they are looking at such a possibility since this is one of the contentious issues in the proposed Charter Change.

Under the present Constitution, the President is eligible to serve for 6 years with no reelection.

The lawmaker added they are likewise willing to lift the term limits for government officials but this has to be ratified by the electorate via a referendum.

“Personally, I’m willing to lift the term limits. You know why? Because you give to the electorate the decision whether to retain or not,” explained De Vera during a forum on Monday.

Iba ‘yan sa mga [That’s different from the] appointed officials. At least ‘yung mga [these] elective officials, you face your appointing authorities every election year,” the solon added.

As for the elective government officials other than the President, like the congressmen, De Vera said he is also looking at the possibility of extending their term to 4 years from 3 years.

De Vera also allayed fears of a ‘no election’ (NoEl) scenario under the working draft, but said they will propose a transition period of one to three years if the government will be shifted to federalism.

This would mean that the 2019 midterm election might be moved to 2022.