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Gusto na niyang mag-retire! Sara Duterte denies dad eyeing term extension

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President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter has denied that he wants to extend his stay in office, despite the pronouncements of administration allies about prlonging politikos’ terms through Charter change.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte on Wednesday (January 10) said her father is bent on retiring.

“He does not want a term extension for him. In fact pag nagawa na niya yung mga pinromise niya na gagawin niya para sa ating bansa…gusto na niya mag-retire,” she said in an ambush interview in Koronadal City.

Sara said her father does not want the 2019 elections to be postponed because he “respects the democracy that we have in our country.”

Administration allies want Congress to convene into a constituent assembly to discuss amendments to the 1987 Constitution that would pave the way for a federal form of government. As part of the shift, politikos have proposed postponing the 2019 elections and extending the terms of incumbent officials, including Duterte.

For her part, Sara said it is best to let Congress work on the contents of the new Constitution.

“Antayin na lang natin kung ano yung maporma na type of federalism na setup para sa ating bansa and then that will be submitted to a plebiscite,” she said, adding that the people’s decision on the matter should be respected.