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Malacanang distances itself from move to abolish OVP.

By Genalyn Kabiling

MalacaAaAaAeA~ang has kept distance from reported plans to abolish the Offi of the Vice President (OVP) under the proposed federal government, saying the matter was beyond its control.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said the people would ultimately decide on the proposed amendments to the Constitution that will be presented by Congress during a plebiscite.

"There's talk about abolition of the Vice President under Charter change. That's beyond the control of the Palace. As you know, it is Congress sitting as Constituent assembly that will propose amendments," Roque said during a press conference in MalacaAaAaAeA~an

"However, I'm sure that because any proposed amendment to constitution will be subject to the ratification by the people that ultimately it is the people who will judge this matter," he said.

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo earlier cast suspicion on the proposal to abolish vice presidency under the administration's federalism proposal, wondering if it was meant to push a hidden agenda.

Barry Gutierrez, legal adviser of Robredo, said the OVP has been a feature of the republic for over 80 years and that the only time the country did not have a vice presidency was during the time of the late President Marcos.

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Date:Jan 15, 2018
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