Philippines: Consultative Committee votes for presidential-federal system

  • The Consultative Committee that President Rodrigo Duterte convened to look into constitutional changes voted on 27 Feb 18 to propose a presidential-federal system similar to that of the United States.
  • According to a GMA News report, 11 of the 20-member Con-com voted for the presidential-federal system that former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel Jr. put forward while seven voted for a semi-presidential-federal system that De La Salle University’s Dr. Julio Cabral Teehankee suggested. Two members were absent during the proceedings.
  • The Con-com deliberated for eight hours on which system of government to propose. Aside from the presidential-federal and the semi-presidential-federal systems, the Westminster system was also voted on after being suggested by Fr. Ranhilio Aquino, dean of the San Beda Graduate School of Law.
  • Pimentel also proposed educational qualifications for those who want to run for public office, a provision that is not present in the 1987 Constitution.

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