Congressman seeks longer House term

A congressman has filed a resolution seeking to extend their term to four years from three years and cut senators’ term to three years from six years.

Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez wants congressmen like him and other local officials except village chairmen to be allowed to serve for three consecutive terms, just like now.

The lawmaker also wants to allow senators to serve for three consecutive terms from only two, and increase their number to 27 from 24. Under his proposal, three senators should come from each region — the National Capital Region, Northern Luzon, Southern Luzon, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Western Visayas, Northern Visayas, Southern Visayas and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.

Meanwhile, three congressmen have filed separate bills seeking to postpone the May 2020 village and youth council elections to allow incumbent officials to finish their programs.

Congressmen Edgar A. Erice, Joel Z. Almario, and Rufus B. Rodriguez want the elections deferred to October 22. Elections will then be held every three years.

On Monday, President Rodrigo R. Duterte in his yearly address to Congress asked lawmakers to postpone the elections to correct “truncated terms.” — Vince Angelo C. Ferreras|bworldonline.com

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