Drilon warns: Duterte can appoint lawmakers, local execs in 'no-el' scenario


Posted at Jul 16 2018 04:09 PM | Updated as of Jul 16 2018 04:10 PM

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In a "no-election" scenario, President Rodrigo Duterte can appoint the replacement of senators, congressmen and local officials whose terms expire next year, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said Monday. 

Duterte's ally, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, recently floated the idea of cancelling the May 13, 2019 polls so lawmakers can tackle proposed changes in the Charter, which would pave the way for federalism. 

A holdover, however, is not allowed, which means that incumbent officials cannot retain their posts in case of no-el, Drilon noted. 

Duterte can therefore replace officials whose terms will expire on June 30, 2019 or re-appoint them to encourage them to support a shift to the federal system of government, the senator told radio DZMM. 

The shift to federalism is among the President's key campaign promises during the 2016 elections. Duterte, the first president from Mindanao, promised to spread political power and resources, that have long been held in the capital, Manila. 

A recent survey, however, showed that majority of Filipinos are against changing the constitution and adopting federalism. 

DZMM, 16 July 2018