Powers that be: What Duterte will get as president


Posted at Jun 30 2016 11:49 AM | Updated as of Jun 30 2016 04:38 PM

Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. REUTERS/Lean Daval Jr. Lean Daval Jr., Reuters

Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday becomes the 16th president of the Republic of the Philippines.

Here are some of the exclusive privileges he will get as chief executive, as stipulated in the 1987 Constitution.

1. The president will receive a monthly salary of P160,924, under Salary Grade 33 of the Salary Standardization Law (SSL4), signed February this year. The highest salary grade is reserved for the president.

2. Aside from the Malacañang, the president will also get an official residence in Baguio City, known as The Mansion House.

The Mansion House in Baguio City. Photo courtesy of Presidential Communications Development & Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO)

3. The president will have at his disposal a yacht, several cars, helicopters, and planes. According to the Presidential Museum and Library, the president can use a Fokker F28, four Bell 412 helicopters, three Sikorsky S-76 helicopters, two Aerospatiale SA 330 Puma helicopters, a Sikorsky S-70-5 Black Hawk, a Fokker F-27 Friendships, and several Bell UH-1N Twin Hueys

Photo courtesy of malacanang.gov.ph

4. Aside from being the country's top official, the president is also the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Philippine soldiers salute during a flag ceremony as they end their operation against Islamic militants in Butig Town, Lanao Del Sur on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on March 1, 2016. At least six people have been killed and more than 20,000 displaced during a week of fighting between Islamic militants and security forces in the southern Philippines, authorities said February 26. Three soldiers and three militants were confirmed killed in the clashes, which involved followers of a slain Indonesian leader of a Southeast Asian militant group, the military said. AFP PHOTO / MARK NAVALES / AFP / MARK NAVALES

5. The president, through the executive clemency, can pardon convicts or commute sentences. He can also grant amnesty with concurrence of the majority of the members of the Congress.

6. The president also has control over all the executive departments, bureaus and offices.

7. The president, likewise, can appoint members of his Cabinet, subject to confirmation by the Commission on Appointments. He may also appear before the members of the Congress anytime.

8. The president has the right to executive issuances, or acts of the chief executive, done in the exercise of executive power or broader powers conferred by emergency or at particular periods.

Examples of these executive issuances are administrative orders, executive orders, general orders, memorandum circulars, memorandum orders and proclamations.

9. The president and his family are protected by the Presidential Security Group (PSG).

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10. The president, "may, for a period not exceeding sixty days, suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus or place the Philippines or any part thereof under martial law."

Sources: Official Gazette, malacanang.gov.ph