Teacher’s rep says ‘No-el’ won’t happen despite Alvarez’s push. Here’s why

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By John Carlo Cahinhinan

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’s proposal to postpone the 2019 elections will not happen, ACT-Teachers party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio said Friday (July 13).

Tinio said the 1987 Constitution is clear that elected officials cannot extend their terms.

“The Speaker’s proposal is dead in the water since it’s not possible to extend the term of incumbents under the Constitution,” he said.

Alvarez on Wednesday (July 11) raised the idea of postponing the midterm elections to fast-track the shift to federalism.

He said Congress will have difficulty changing the 1987 Consitution if the filing of the certificates of candidacy will start in October.

Tinio warned that putting off the upcoming elections will give Duterte and his allies “absolute power” to rule the country.

“President Duterte will be given dictatorial powers while incumbents get term extension. Tuloy ang ligaya. To which we say – no way,” he said.