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By Prince Golez

Palace Spokesman Harry Roque denied that the recent attempt to revive Charter change is meant to extend the term of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Walang katuturan yang mga chismis na yan. Chismis lang po yan,” Roque said in televised briefing Thursday.

Roque said Duterte has no plans of extending his six-year term in 2022.

“The President has made it clear wala po siyang kahit anong kagustuhan na manatili ng isang minuto man lang beyond his term of office on June 30 of 2022,” the Palace official added.

Asked if Duterte will support Charter change in the remaining months of his term, Roque said: “Hindi naman kinakailangan bigyan ng basbas ng Presidente, yan naman po ay katungkulan talaga ng Kongreso. Tanging Kongreso lang ang pupuwedeng magsimula ng proseso para sa Charter change. Nirerespeto po natin yan.”

House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco earlier instructed the Committee on Constitutional Amendments to restart talks on amending the constitution.

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