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Alvarez pushes no election only for senators in 2019: Wala kaming problema doon

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Speaker Bebot Alvarez is pushing to strike off senators from the 2019 mid-term elections if the people vote for a shift to a federal form of government in May this year. Alvarez is pushing for a unicameral form of government which would mean the abolition of the Senate.

“Puwedeng walang election (for senators). Wala kaming problema doon,” said Alvarez in a radio interview.

Alvarez’s proposal is not likely to sit well with seven re-electionist senators in 2019: his party-mate Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III (PDP-Laban) and Senators Cynthia Villar (NP), Grace Poe (independent), Nancy Binay (UNA), Sonny Angara (LDP), Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito (PMP) and Paolo Aquino (LP). The remaining 12 senators whose term would end in 2022 would be rendered lame ducks.

Alvarez was optimistic that the House and Senate would agree to form a Constituent Assembly this January to formulate amendments to the Constitution before May so that a referendum could be held along with the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

“Payag ako na halimbawa, ang walang eleksyon lang yung mga senador tapos kaming congressmen saka mga local officials, puwedeng kami lang yung mag-election kasi every three years naman yung aming termino,” said Alvarez.

“Sa local government walang problema dahil every three years naman talaga… magkakaproblema pag mage-elect ka tapos mage-end sila so, paano ang gagawin di ba? So, iba na yung form of government, sila pa rin yung nakaupong senador, wala lang opisina,” he added.

Alvarez has close to absolute control of the House and is expected to have his way in a Con-ass which was the same process used twice in approving President Rodrigo Duterte’s martial law extension.