Keeping it presidential: Group to flesh out details of federal-presidential system

Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 05 2018 12:28 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte's consultative body on charter change will discuss the details of the federal-presidential form of government in its meeting on Monday, a member said.

Last week the group voted in favor of keeping a presidential form of government even as the country shifts to a federal system. This means the president will serve as both head of state and head of government, and the three branches of government will be retained: the executive, legislative, and judiciary.

"Lalagyan na ng mga detalye…Anong mangyayari sa kapangyarihan ng presidente, anong kapangyarihan ng mga federal states," former Sen. Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. said.

He said keeping the presidential form is ideal because it is what the Filipinos are familiar with and they can assess what are its weaknesses and strengths.

"Takpan natin, ayusin 'yung mga kahinaan ng presidential form pero dagdagan ng kapangyarihan. Kung mag-adopt tayo ng bagong sistema, pagdating ng panahon, uy, mali pala. E di nagkandarapa na naman tayo," he said.

Pimentel however said other matters with respect to subcommittee concerns will also be discussed, considering the tight schedule. He said they only have until July to come up with the draft of the revised constitution.

Con-Com currently has 7 major subcomittees, with 2 subcommittees further subdivided into two.