Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has no interest in being seated the next Philippine prime minister as she has “no ambition” towards it, according to her lawyer and administrator of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority, Raul Lambino.
Following speculations on Arroyo’s role in a federal-parliamentary set-up that has been pushed by PDP-Laban, which she joined last year, Lambino said that critics were only suggesting the former president’s supposed plan to invite more opposition to a constitutional change.
“Kilala naman natin ang pagkatao ni [former] President Arroyo. Hindi ganun ang character nya. Wala syang vested interest ditto (We all know [the former] President Arroyo. It’s out of character for her. She has no vested interest in this),” he told ABS-CBN News.
The proposal to abolish congress that gives President Rodrigo Duterte temporary legislative powers by revising the constitution raised concerns regarding their motive.
It has also been suggested by other congressmen that the idea of having no midterm elections this year allows current lawmakers to remain in power and Congress to plan a new federal constitution.
“Hindi ito matatangap ng taumbayan (The people will not accept this),” Akbayan party-list Rep. Tom Villarin told ANC’s Early Edition.
The current party is aiming to hold elections next year under a new a federal constitution according to Lambino, who is also PDP-Laban’s vice president for international affairs.
“This is the position of the PDP-Laban,” he said, mentioning the draft constitution submitted to Congress. “There will be elections in 2019.”