A possible consequence of shifting from the present form of government to a federal-parliamentary system is the elimination of the vice-president seat, said Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez.
"In a parliamentary set-up, walang VP," incoming Speaker of the House of Representatives Alvarez told the media.
(In a parliamentary set-up, there is no vice-president.)
"Depende yan kung ano mapagkasunduan, if it's a Con-con (constitutional convention) or Con-ass (constituent assembly), kung ano mapagkasunduan dun,” he said.
(It depends on what will be agreed to be done, if it is a constitutional convention or constituent assembly, it really depends on the form of government.)
Earlier, vice President-elect Maria Leonora “Leni” Robredo said that she is to give her best in doing her promised duty to the Filipinos, with or without a position, and she respects the decision of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte in forming the cabinet of his new administration.
"Iginagalang natin ang ginawang pagpili ni Pangulong Duterte ng mga taong bubuo ng kanyang Gabinete. Bilang pangulo, nasa kapangyarihan niya ang mamili ng mga taong makakatulong niya sa pagpapatakbo ng pamahalaan," Robredo said.
(We respect the decision of President Duterte in choosing the people forming his Cabinet. As a president, it is in his power to choose the right people who can help him run the government.)
"Subalit may posisyon man o wala, sisikapin kong matupad ang mga pangakong binitiwan ko sa ating mga kababayan sa abot ng aking makakaya," she added.
(But with or without a position, I will give my best to make sure that I fulfill my promises to the Filipinos.)
Incoming President Duterte admitted that he has not reserved any cabinet seat to Robredo because he does not want to disappoint and hurt the feelings of Robredo’s neck-and-neck rival, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.