Duterte insists he won't extend his term under any charter

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President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 24) — President Rodrigo Duterte, on his third State of the Nation Address, insists that he does not wish to extend his term in any way, under any charter.

"I have no illusions of occupying this office one day longer than what the Constitution under which I was elected permits; or under whatever Constitution there might be," Duterte said Monday.

Critics have earlier warned that Duterte's campaign promise of a shift to a federal form of government is merely a vehicle to extend his term.

But the Consultative Committee, formed by Duterte, revised its proposed federal charter to let Duterte step down to give way to an elected Transition President once ratified.

Duterte had asked the ConCom to make him stop being president before the transition.

The President also said no country leader has ever gone this far in amending the constitution.

"Four administrations before me have all tried to amend the Constitution to be able to introduce amendments and... revisions rather to the charter. But none of them was successfully done for one reason or another," he said.

In the SONA, Duterte claimed he is confident of Filipinos' support behind federalism.