- Senator Aquilino Pimentel III earlier suggested President Duterte’s term could be extended
- Malacañang, however, released a statement that the President thinks otherwise
“I can categorically state that [the President] does not want that… He wants to cut short his term rather than lengthen it,” said presidential spokesperson Harry Roque in a statement issued on Wednesday.
In response to Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III’s statement on President Duterte’s term extension should the country adopt federalism, Malacañang said the President himself is opposed to the idea.
Pimentel said earlier: “We can extend the President’s term:
- If really necessary
- If he’s amenable to it and
- Since that extension will be part of the new Constitution, the new Constitution is approved by the people themselves”
To recall, during the 2016 Presidential election and campaign period, Duterte has been very vocal about shifting the country to Federalism.
Also, the chief executive’s public messaging always suggested he desires a shortening of his term, to “resign”; not an extension.
In July 2016, Duterte said he would offer to resign if the Congress would be able to complete the process towards federalism. He has also made mention that he would resign if he fails to control the spread of drugs, or if his children are proven to be corrupt.