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Palace tells lawmakers to make sure there’s new President in 2022… unless they want Robredo

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Malacañang on Tuesday (January 23) told lawmakers to rule out the possible extension of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term as part of the shift to federalism since he has been clear he will step down in 2022.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said lawmakers should make a way for a new President to be elected in 2022 unless they want Vice President Leni Robredo to succeed him under a federal form of government.

“Kung ano man ang mangyayari na transitory provision, consider him out of the question ‘no. I don’t think majority would want constitutional succession, so they better provide for a transition that would mean that the President will step down in 2022,” he said at a press briefing.

Roque made the statement after Duterte told soldiers Monday (January 22) to shoot him should he extend his term even by a day.

Some of the President’s allies have expressed willingness to extend his term under the transitory provisions of the new Constitution they seek to create.

Roque, an abogado, said Congress does not have to follow the transitory provisions provided for in the 1987 Constitution.

“No, obviously it will not because they can provide for new transitory provisions. But the latest pronouncements of the President is clear: He’s out of office by 2022; unless they want Leni Robredo to take over, we better have a new leader by 2022,” he said.