No OVP in proposed federal government


Posted at Jan 16 2018 04:09 PM | Updated as of Jan 16 2018 06:16 PM

MANILA - The Office of the Vice President will be abolished in the proposed federal system of government if a House committee has its way in amending the 1987 Constitution. 

Southern Leyte Rep. Roger Mercado, chairman of the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments, laid out Tuesday the salient features of their proposed amendments to the charter. 

The proposal did not provide for the continued functions of the OVP under the Federal Republic of the Philippines. 

Transitory provisions stated instead that Vice President Leni Robredo "shall continue until 2022 to exercise her powers and prerogatives" under the 1987 Constitution. 

Robredo's camp has criticized the proposal, noting that the office of vice-president has been in Philippine government system for 80 years.

The only time there was no vice president was during the dictatorship of the late Ferdinand Marcos, the OVP added.

Report from Robert Mano, ABS-CBN News