VP Leni opposes term extension proposal: Where is democracy

Vice President Leni Robredo said she is against the postponement of the 2019 elections as well as the extension of incumbent officials' term in connection to the shift of our government in federal form.

In her radio show BISErbisyong Leni on January 7, Robredo emphasized the election is the only way people can participate in selecting their leaders.

She further said that postponement of this activity is an anti-democracy.

"Kapag inalis natin sa ordinaryong Pilipino iyong karapatang pumili kung sino iyong magre-represent sa kaniya, nasaan na iyong demokrasya doon? Kaya sa atin, kontra tayo sa walang eleksyon,” she said.

With regards to the term extension, the VP said the incumbent officials should not benefit from it since it will be a self-serving act.

“Kasi kung makikinabang kami, parati nang may kuwestiyon kung ano iyong intensyon bakit magkakaroon ng term extension. Parang self-serving…,”Robredo added.

She also mentioned that it should be the future officials who will get benefit from the extended term so the motives of lawmakers pushing Charter Change will not be placed in doubt.

Earlier this year, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III said the 6-year term of President Rodrigo Duterte may be extended “if necessary” during the country's transition to federalism.

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, meanwhile, has floated a “no election” scenario in 2019 as Congress debates on Charter Change.

Source: RapplerPhilstarPolitics