Duterte mulls naming Arroyo to Charter change body

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 20 2017 10:44 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo. File/Composite

YANGON, Myanmar - President Rodrigo Duterte said he was considering naming former president and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo to a body that will propose changes to the 1987 Constitution.

The 25-member constitutional commission, which has yet to be formed, will work with lawmakers, who will convene as a constituent assembly to rewrite the charter.

Duterte is seeking charter change to shift the country's form of government to a federal system, to spread political power and government resources to the countryside.

"Maybe, maybe. Maybe pero baka ayaw din niya (She might not agree). But maybe," he said of Arroyo's possible inclusion in the constitutional commission.

Duterte had earlier ruled out any other government post for Arroyo, who was ousted as deputy speaker for voting against the death penalty.

"No, I don't think she will accept it. She cannot be working under a president when she was already a president. That will be a quite a tall order for her to do that," he said.

Arroyo had also been rumored to be considered for a cabinet post or as head of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.