Duterte says no to term extension as Congress revisits charter change

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President Rodrigo Duterte said he is determined to leave Malacañang in 2022 even amid the possibility of a term extension due to the revival of charter change talks in Congress. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 14) — President Rodrigo Duterte said he is determined to leave Malacañang in 2022 even amid the possibility of a term extension due to the revival of charter change talks in Congress.

"Maski ibigay mo sakin on a silver platter, maski ibigay mo sa akin libre another ten years sabihin ko sayo, p******na mo, iyo na lang yan, tapos na ako," Duterte said in a speech at the inauguration of the Skyway Stage 3 project in Quezon City.

[Translation: Even if you give it (term extension) to me on a silver platter, even if you give me ten years for free, take it. I am done.]

Earlier, Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III revealed that lawmakers met with Duterte in November to talk about changes to the Constitution. The President suggested amending the party-list system and some economic provisions, Sotto said. 

On Monday, before Congress resumed session, the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments convened and started deliberations on economic provisions of the 1987 charter. Their session, however, was hounded by concerns over whether or not they were already meeting as a constituent assembly or Con-Ass. A Con-Ass means members of the House of Representatives and the Senate together will decide on constitutional amendments, unlike the constitutional convention which requires nationwide elections to select delegates.

Committee chairman Alfredo Garbin and vice chairman Lorenz Defensor had maintained the panel only limits itself to discussions on economic provisions, and will not tackle any possible political amendments, such as term extensions and the abolition of term limits among national and local government officials.