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The draft federal constitution that the presidential consultative committee is set to submit to Malacañang on Monday, July 9, allows President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo to run for the same positions, a member of the Con-Com says.
The Con-Com’s proposed new charter – one of several that Congress will consider – does not extend Duterte and Robredo’s term from the current 1987 Constitution, but it does not prohibit them from seeking the same positions.
Since the Con-Com’s draft sets a term of 4 years for president and vice president and allows them to serve a maximum of two terms, they could potentially be in power for 8 more years.
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“There’s no ban so they (incumbent officials) can run under a new constitution. Because it’s like a reboot, it’s a reset,” Con-Com member Julio Teehankee says in a mix of English and Filipino.
“As the Senate President, I am giving Senator De Lima full authority to discharge her duties as chair of the committee,” says Senate President Vicente Sotto III in a letter to PNP chief Oscar Albayalde
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board warns jeepney drivers of overcharging complaints and a P5,000 fine for the first offense if they charge a P9-minimum fare before the order is issued.
Cases in several Metro Manila cities now breach the average number in the last 5 years.
Shoko Asahara and 12 of his followers have been on death row for over a decade for the shocking 1995 chemical attack that killed 13 people and injured thousands more.
China is expected to retaliate as soon as the US tariffs go into effect, imposing duties on goods worth roughly the same amount but with a greater emphasis on politically sensitive farm agricultural products.