MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Congress has its hands full in proposing amendments to the 1987 Philippine Constitution, including a provision that a vote for the President will automatically be a vote for his or her Vice Presidential runningmate.
Another major proposed change is a significant revision of the qualifications to run for President.
Senate President Tito Sotto has put forward a proposed amendment that would add a “preferential” qualification for Filipinos wanting to run for President. Sotto’s amendment which critics say is self-serving, adds a new qualification that states, “Previous experience as a film/TV actor preferred.” Sotto is, of course, a film/TV personality.
Sotto’s proposal also adds another qualification that says a Presidential candidate “Must be proficient in the three R’s: reading, writing and ‘rithmetic,’ a move seen as a strategy to disqualify Vice President Leni Robredo from running for President in 2022.
A call by The Adobo Chronicles to the Office of the Vice President has remained unanswered as of press time.
(Many will recall Robredo’s previous math gaffe where she said 40 x 4 = 1,600.)