No VP in parliamentary govt: Alvarez

Joel Guinto, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 07 2016 05:37 PM

Senate President Franklin Drilon and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. proclaim Camarines Sur Representative Maria Leonor Gerona Robredo as the new Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines during a joint session of Congress held at the House of Representatives in Quezon City, Metro Manila on Monday. Voltaire Domingo, NPPA

DAVAO CITY - A shift to a federal-parliamentary form of government could eliminate the position of vice-president (VP), the incoming speaker of the House of Representatives said Tuesday.

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, a relative outsider in national politics, has prioritized devolving power and resources to local governments from the national leadership based in the capital.

"In a parliamentary set-up, walang VP," Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez told reporters.

"Depende yan kung ano mapagkasunduan, if it's a Con-con (constitutional convention) or Con-ass (constituent assembly), kung ano mapagkasunduan dun [form of government]," he said.

The vice-president elect, Leni Robredo, is not a member of Duterte's PDP-Laban party and ran with the outgoing administration's Liberal Party in last month's elections.

Robredo's role in the Duterte government is unclear as he has not offered her a cabinet position, unlike past presidents.

The Duterte administration is eyeing a shift from a unitary to a federal form of government by 2022.