By Raymund Antonio
Despite her reservations on the Charter change proposal, Vice President Leni Robredo is not opposed should the president and vice president come from the same political party and be voted together in the new Constitution.
Robredo, in a televised interview, said she supports the single-ticket voting provision being finalized by the Consultative Committee (Con-com) reviewing the 1987 Constitution.
“Maganda ‘yun, magandang panukala Kung titingnan natin ‘yun mga pangalawang pangulo sa ibang bansa ganoon, hindi mo binobotohan ng direkta ‘yun pangalawang pangulo. (It is a good proposal. If we are going to look at the vice presidents in other countries, you don’t vote directly for the vice president),” she said.
“Magandang magkasama sila pero more than that maganda rin na mayroon ibang mandato ‘yun pangalawang pangulo maliban handa siya sa kung may mangyari sa President. (It is good they will be elected together but more than that it is also good the vice president has other mandate aside from she is ready in case something happens to the President),” the Vice President added.
In other countries, most presidential systems require joint tickets for the election of the president and vice president. One example is the voting system in the United States, where the running mate of the winning presidential candidate automatically becomes the vice president.
But under the 1987 Constitution, it allows separate voting for president and vice president or the split-ticket voting.
The 52-year-old former housing chief was quick to point out the “downside” of electing both candidates coming from two different political parties.
For one, Robredo said the country’s previous presidents and vice presidents had past disagreements, which affected government work.
“Historically from 1987, parati mayroong hindi pagkakaintindihan. Kaya iyon ang masama dun (There had been always disagreements [between the president and vice president]. That’s what bad there),” she said.
On the other side, she said the split-ticket voting in the presidential and vice presidential elections gives voters an opportunity to choose their candidates separately.
Just recently, the 19-member consultative body already reached a tentative agreement for including such provision in the new Constitution they will propose to President Rodrigo Duterte.