Consultative committee's proposal for federal presidential form in line with Duterte's liking: Roque
The decision of the Consultative Committee tasked to study amendments in the 1987 Constitution to adopt a federal presidential form of government has the backing of President Rodrigo Duterte, Malacanang said on Thursday.
In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque recalled that Duterte, in his State of the Nation Address last year, pushed for a French model of a federal system of government.
"He was emphasizing that even if he wants a federal form of government, he wants a president who is elected by the people," he said.
"So I think, the recommendation of the consultative committee fits with the preference of the President to have a federal (government), but with a president who is still elected by the people," Roque added.
Some quarters, including House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, an ally of the President, have been pushing for a federal parliamentary form of government. Celerina Monte/DMS