MANILA - Malacañang on Tuesday reiterated that President Rodrigo Duterte is not interested in extending his term following the proposal of his charter change panel to retain term limits under the 1987 Constitution.
"The President has expressed that he has no intention of staying a minute longer than what the term of the President provides under our Constitution," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.
"The President has even stated that he would step down from the presidency earlier should the Philippines shift to a federal system of government as early as 2020," he added.
Duterte's six-year term ends on 2022. The Palace has repeatedly said he would not hold on to his position.
On Monday, the Palace-appointed consultative committee on charter change agreed to keep "the term limit in the 1987 Constitution" that prohibits the president from running for a second term.
The body, headed by former chief justice Reynato Puno, also added a provision that banned the president's relatives up to the second degree of consanguinity and affinity from vying for the presidency.
The consultative committee's proposals are still subject to the approval of Congress where Duterte enjoys a "super majority."
Congress has begun steps to revise the 1987 Constitution to pave the way for the shift to federalism, among priorities in the administration's reform agenda.