Gatchalian mulls Constitutional amendment mandating ‘tandem vote’ for President, VP

Gatchalian mulls Constitutional amendment mandating ‘tandem vote’ for President, VP

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Senator Win Gatchalian is mulling to file a bill mandating a
“tandem vote” for presidential and vice-presidential candidates.

Gatchalian cited the need to have the election for president and vice
president patterned after a similar practice in the United States to
ensure that the selection of the two highest officials of the country
will come from the same political party or affiliation.

“Dapat gawing tandem ang pagboto sa president at vice-president. Sa
pagpili ng presidenteng iboboto, kasama na dapat sa konsiderasyon ang
napiling running mate nito sa pagka bise presidente. Unang-una, mas
maigi na magkapareho ang platapormang sinusulong ng presidente at bise
presidente para manatiling buo o solido ang pagpapatakbo ng
administrasyon. Pangalawa, kung magkaalyado sila at sakaling may
mangyari sa presidente, maipagpapatuloy ng bise ang nasimulan ng
presidente,” Gatchalian emphasized.

“Sa ganitong paraan, magiging base sa plataporma ang pagpili sa mga
susunod na lider at hindi sa personalidad,” he added.

Considering that the next round of poll exercise is just around the
corner, the senator said he will pursue the amendment in the 1987
Constitution for future national elections.

“Hindi na mangyayari ito sa darating na halalan dahil kulang na sa
oras. Gusto ko lang buksan ang paksang ito para pag-aralan ng mga
susunod na lider ng bansa,” he said.

Instead of split voting, selecting a single ticket would be easier for
the voters as a vote for a particular presidential candidate would
also mean casting a vote for his or her vice-presidential running
mate, Gatchalian explained.

Under Section 4, Article VII of the 1987 Constitution, “the President
and the Vice President shall be elected by direct vote from the people
for a term of six years which shall begin at noon on the 30th day of
June next following the day of the election and shall end at noon of
the same date six years thereafter.”

Gatchalian said he is studying to introduce a piecemeal amendment to
the Constitution to pave the way for the election of the two highest
government officials as a single ticket.

“Hindi nakakatulong sa atin kung magkaiba ang pananaw ng presidente at
bise presidente sa mga polisiyang dapat na itinataguyod ng
administrasyon lalo na kung mababahiran ito ng pamumulitika,” he said. (ai/mtvn)

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