ConCom: No term extension for Duterte, Robredo

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 21) - The chairman of the Consultative Committee (ConCom) tasked to review the Constitution said under their proposal, there is no term extension for the incumbent president and vice president.

Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno said the transitory provision in their proposed constitution states the terms of President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo shall end on June 30, 2022.

"The transition shall not be open-ended. We provided that the Transitory Commission must complete its work by June 30, 2022," Puno said.

"We set the first national, regional, and local election under the new constitution to be held without postponement on the second Monday of May 2022," he added.

Puno explained the country's transition from a unitary to a federal form of government will be led by a Transitory Commission, which will be led by the incumbent president and composed of ten members.

The members must be natural-born citizens of the country, at least 40 years of age, with proven probity, integrity, independence, and with expertise in the fields of economy, law, fiscal management, governance, and development.

Puno said a search committee composed of five members, led by the chairman of the Civil Service Commission, will be in charge of looking for members of the Transition Commission.

He said members of the search committee must come from the academe, business, marginalized, and women sectors.

To ensure the efficient transition of the country, the transition commission shall consult with all the living presidents of the country.

Puno said this hopes to symbolize unity and harmony in this new beginning.