Vice President Leni Robredo’s legal adviser, lawyer Barry Gutierrez, criticizes the alleged plan to abolish the Office of the Vice President under the PDP-Laban-backed Charter change proposal. On the other hand, although there was a rumor that Bongbong Marcos is likely the Prime Minister and he thinks it’s a good system, he already said earlier that the country may not be ready yet to shift to a federal and parliamentary form of government.
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Senate President is Next in Line
The line of succession under Section 7, Article VII of PDP-Laban’s proposal does not include a vice president at all, the leftist leader pointed out. It says; “In case of death, permanent disability, removal from office or resignation of the President, the President of the Senate, or in case of his inability, the speaker of the Federal Assembly shall then act as President until the President shall have been elected and qualified.
Senator Koko Pimentel’s Say
Senate President Koko Pimentel, who is also PDP-Laban’s president, said that in the political party’s book “The Quest for the Federal Republic” a vice president is not necessary for their government form shift proposal.
Bongbong Marcos who challenges Robredo’s VP race victory said that he has to see a definitive government template yet. The shift to a parliament must be efficient and acceptable to the people. Meanwhile, Atty Gutierrez of Robredo’s Camp stresses that the OVP has been in Philippine government system for 80 years. The only time that there was no vice president was during the late Ferdinand Marcos’ regime.
Root of Reaction
The OVP reactions happen after former Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares announces that the proposed Charter change of PDP-Laban may abolish the position of the VP. It is also not certain how Bongbong Marcos can be Prime Minister when he is not in the government right now. If ever he wins the electoral protest against Robredo, he will be in the same boat as Robredo. President Du30 urges Congress to put up a federal form of government. Particularly with a prime minister and a president. Prime ministers who are not Members of Parliament or Cabinet upon their appointment need to seek election to the commons as soon as possible.