Duterte willing to clip presidential powers to stop corruption: spokesman

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 30 2017 10:13 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte is willing to clip the powers of the Chief Executive if it means stopping corruption in government, his spokesman said Thursday. 

Speaking to radio DZMM, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said Duterte is seeking ways to stop corruption in government including possibly amending the Constitution. 

"Umisip tayo ng mga pamamaraan para magkaroon ng safeguard para mabawasan yang corruption na yan. Kung kinakailangan sinabi pa nga niya bawasan niyo ang kapangyarihan ng Presidente kung yun ang kinakailangan," he said.

Roque said the Constitution should be an instrument that will bring progress to the country, adding that the President is leaving it up to lawmakers to think of ways on fixing legislation. 

He also said Duterte is not just focusing on corruption but also his goal of shifting to a federal form of government "because he does not believe centralizing all power in Manila will help improve the plight of the regions."

The PDP-Laban draft of the Charter adopting federalism is currently being reviewed by several members of the party in the Senate and the House of Representatives.