While critics are busy stressing the “incompetence” issue between the President and Vice President Leni Robredo, an important message evaporates. Du30 stresses that he wants an election for the people to choose their leader. He does not want succession because he does not believe his VP can rule any country.
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[VIDEO]: SONA: Pres. Duterte, tinawag na incompetent si Vice Pres. Leni Robredo
Incompetent VP as Reason for an Election
The President’s spokesman cites Vice President Leni Robredo’s alleged incompetence as the reason behind the request for a transition leader to be elected to oversee the shift to a federal form of government. The President is honest enough to say his apprehensions to the capability of the country’s second leader.
Transitory Provisions Review
Du30 asks the Consultative Committee tasked to review the Constitution to revise the transitory provisions in the draft of its proposed charter to allow him to step down from his post once the country goes federal. This will make way for the public to elect a new President who will oversee the transition to federalism. He is definitely not for the extension of power. However, former Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares said,”It centralizes repressive powers in President Duterte.” This is because of the proposed revision to give authority to the president to appoint important officials. Many people speculate that he intends to appoint Bongbong Marcos as Prime Minister.
Stable Economy Despite World Crisis
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque denies that there is an economic problem contrary to the claims of the government’s detractors. He stresses that the Philippines is a “darling economy.” Inflation shows a fresh five-year high at 5.2 percent in June, but Roque has said this is no cause for alarm. This only means that “there’s money going around.” In fact, Japan, Korea, and China are competing in the bids to supply the Philippine’s “Build Build Build” project that is initially funded by the Asian Development Bank.
Roque attributes this to free tuition, lower withholding tax because of the tax reform law, and the administration’s aggressive infrastructure spending program. Robredo previously said changing the constitution is not the solution to high prices and poverty. It only proves how the VP is so out of tune with the world’s situation. The country’s economy is far better than Japan as far as stability is concerned.