Presidential resignation and succession under the Philippines Constitution

By Pia Ranada, 16 August 2018
photo credit: Republic of Korea/flickr
photo credit: Republic of Korea/flickr
President Rodrigo Duterte has been claiming he is “ready” to quit and retire, out of fatigue, old age, and exasperation with corruption. But these are only words. There’s a process involved for the country’s top leader to step down. According to the 1987 Constitution, one way for the President to temporarily relinquish his presidential duties is to send to the Senate President and House Speaker a “written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” His or her powers and duties would thereafter be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President, until the President declares he is already able to return to his post, again through a written declaration.
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