A congressman from Pampanga is under fire for proposing a longer term for the country’s president and other officials.
Renato Reyes Jr., secretary general of the Bayan, has slammed Pampanga 3rd District Rep. Aurelio Gonzales Jr. for proposing constitutional amendments that would allow the country’s president and vice president to be re-elected.
Gonzales stated that the president’s current six-year single term would be insufficient to deal with a crippling crisis like the coronavirus pandemic. According to his proposal, the president will serve a five-year term with one re-election. A vote for the president also means a vote for his running mate.
Reyes however rejected Gonzales’s proposed term extension for the president.
“Amid a raging pandemic, this guy comes up with an utterly self-serving proposal to extend their terms in office,” Reyes tweeted.
At the moment, the country’s duly elected president has six years to serve the country under the terms of the Constitution. The president is also ineligible to be re-elected.
President Duterte’s six-year term will end in June 2022, and he will be unable to run for re-election. He had planned to run for vice president at first, but changed his mind. The 76-year-old leader has also withdrawn from the Senate race in May 2022.