AFTER more than 18 months in office, President Duterte has not shown any sign of backing off from his
commitment not to prolong his stay in Malacañang beyond June 30, 2022.
In fact, President Durterte is even willing to cut short his six-year term, which started at
12 noon on June 30, 2016, instead of extending it, drawing cheers from the Filipino people.
And members of Congress should now give the hard-hitting Chief Executive from Davao City all
the help he needs to be able to fulfill his promise of cutting short his stay in Malacañang.
This they will do by speeding up the shift to the federal system of government as proposed by
Duterte, who claimed that the shift will hasten the country’s socio-economic development.
Not only that. Federalism, he said, is seen to address the decades-old armed conflict in
But in amending the Constitution, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said our lawmakers ought to emulate
Duterte, who continues to declare his strong stand against no election (no-el) and term extension.
Lacson said there is no doubt that the President is not interested in prolonging his stay in
Malacañang amid rumors of an extension of terms for elected government officials.
According to Lacson, a former chief of the Philippine National Police, only a number of
Duterte allies want their terms extended which, he stressed, is not fair to the Filipino people.
It will be recalled that in the past, there were attempts to railroad constitutional change.
These attempts all failed because Filipinos feared that these Charter change initiatives were really
after the lifting the term limits of all elective government officials, including the President.
We want to believe that any move to rewrite the Constitution hinges on the greater
consideration that amendments should benefit the people and not the incumbent government officials.
As Lacson said, let’s emulate President Duterte, who is against the no-election idea and term
extension of elective government officials.