Major changes in the legislative and executive branches expected on new charter

Here are the updates on the proposed changes in the legislative and executive branches under the new constitution

The Subcommittee on the Structure of Federal Government discussed on Thursday, April 12, that there will be major changes in the systems of both the Legislative and Executive branches of the government. The changes and the provisions that were “agreed in principle” by the subcommittee will be voted upon this week, according to Former Justice Antonio Nachura.

Such system would do away with separate elections for the offices of President and Vice President, and instead adopt a single-ticket format – similar to the United States - where the President and Vice President are voted as one team. The term of office will also be changed to four years from the current six years for the President, Vice-President, and Senators with an opportunity for one re-election. The members of the House of Representatives will have an additional year in their term, with one re-election. This is a departure from the three re-election chances in the present system.

This model will minimize likelihood of electoral protests similar to the current contested results for the Vice Presidency. It will also eradicate the dubious tradition of having the President and Vice President of the country as political rivals. Moreover, this process can also strengthen the political party system in the Philippines.

The proposed extension for the term of Congress from three years to four years may push legislators to deliver a better performance because of the assured stability in office. Performance will be vital from thereon since the House of Representatives will be voted per legislative district while two Senators will be voted per region, as suggested by the subcommittee.

The subcommittee will continue their deliberation until further notice of an en banc session.