Lacson supports Atienza’s proposal to elect president and vice in tandem

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Sen. Panfilo Lacson

Sen. Panfilo Lacson backed the idea to allow Filipinos to elect the president and vice president in tandem, which the United States apply.

The senator said in an ANC interview on Wednesday that he is in favor of Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza’s proposal, which seeks to address the “counterproductive” election of the country’s highest posts coming from different parties.

“I would support that except that I am not sure if it is a violation of the Constitution. I am not sure. I have not read the provision pero bakit hindi nga in tandem na boboto?” he said.

However, Lacson said that if Atienza will file a House bill to pursue the idea and will then turn out inconsistent with the 1987 Continution’s provisions, the Supreme Court may end up declaring this unconstitutional. 

Atienza’s proposal came after the latest clash between President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo, which resulted from the latter’s leadership in the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD). 

Recently, the President fired Robredo from her post as ICAD co-chair nearly three weeks after appointing her, over her party’s dare to just tell her directly if he does not want her in the position. 

“Our current set up wherein the president and the vice president may belong to different political parties is really problematic, counterproductive and highly impractical,” Atienza said.

Meanwhile, Lacson thinks Robredo did all the “right things” as the drug czar as “she started consulting many people.”

“Even if she was fired, I think public opinion is still on her side,” he added.

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