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Magkakampi dapat! Lito Atienza wants president, VP elected as tandem a la US

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Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza wants the 1987 Constitution amended so that the president and vice president will be elected in tandem, just like in the United States.

Atienza said the current set up where the president and vice president are elected separately poses problems, as reflected in the tension between President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo.

“We should adopt the American system wherein the president and the vice president are elected together as one ticket belonging to the same party,” he said.

Atienza said the vice president in America is also an officer in the legislative branch who presides over the 100-member U.S. Senate.

A vice president without a Cabinet portfolio and who has no other meaningful function “tends to end up as a mere kibitzer,” he added.