MANILA - House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Thursday said he would push for the removal of politicians' term limits under the proposed federal constitution.
Alvarez said political dynasties were only formed because the 1987 Constitution set term limits for government officials.
"Ganito 'yan, kung maalala ninyo, 'yung political dynasty na 'yan, nangyari 'yan nung binigyan nila ng term limit 'yung mga politiko. Nung araw, wala pang term limit, walang political dynasty. Ang naalala ko nung araw, isang politiko lang sa isang pamilya," Alvarez told DZMM radio.
(If you can recall, political dynasties formed when they gave term limits to politicians. Back then, there was no term limit, political dynasties. I remember back then, there was only one politician in a family.)
"Ngayon napaka-bright nga nung mga nagbago ng Constitution na 'yun, kasama 'yan si Christian Monsod doon, nilagyan ng term limit, ayan naglabasan ngayon 'yung dynasty."
(Now, those very bright people they chose to change the Constitution including Christian Monsod, they established a term limit, which caused dynasties.)
Alvarez cited the United States, where lawmakers and Supreme Court justices have unlimited terms.
"Para sa akin, alam mo kahit 'yung Amerika walang term limit eh. Wala namang mga term limits talaga. In fact, sa mga Amerika kahit 'yung mga justices ng Supreme Court nila hanggang mamatay walang retirement age. Nandudoon 'yun hangga't kaya nila," he said.
(You know, even America has no term limit. There are really no term limits. In fact, even the justices of the Supreme Court can serve until their death, there's no retirement age. They can serve as long as they can.)
"Kasi 'yung experience ng tao ay dapat nga vina-value mo 'yun.
Dapat nga vina-value natin 'yun, na habang tumatagal siya diyan, lalo niyang naiintindihan 'yung trabaho niya."
(Experience should be valued. We should give value to the fact that the longer a politician is serving, the more he understands his job.)
Alvarez, meanwhile, said he would vote to keep the anti-political dynasty provision under the proposed charter.
"Para sa akin gusto kong isulong 'yun, tanggalin 'yung term limit. I-retain 'yung anti-dynasty," he said.
(I want to push for the removal of term limits. Retain the anti-dynasty provision.)
President Rodrigo Duterte Duterte has already approved his consultative committee's draft federal charter, which he said he would endorse to Congress.
The document is part of the administration's move to shift to a federal form of government, among the President's campaign promises which he believes would help spur countryside development.
Alvarez earlier said the draft would have to go through congressional review.