Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya on Monday said that the 1,488-strong League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) has strongly pushed for a larger share from national taxes.
With the call of the LMP, Malaya insisted that it is necessary to amend the 1987 Constitution, saying that not a single letter was changed in it up to the present.
He explained that the LGUs have received its share solely from the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA).
In calling for constitutional amendments, Malaya said the LGUs deserve to get their share from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Bureau of Customs (BoC), and other collection charges of the national government.
Citing the difference of this call for Charter change from the past administration, Malaya explained that President Duterte has already expressed his support to amend the Constitution even before he ran for the presidency.
Expounding further, Malaya claimed that past leaders only pushed for Cha-cha at the tailend of their terms to extend their rule.
In its proposal, Malaya said that the current Constitution has no flexibility, insisting that their call carried no term extension, lifting of term limits, or no election.
He added that the DILG supports Charter change but the no election intention was never an issue as the President will end his term in 2022.