THERE IS WISDOM IN LACSON’S ‘DESIGNATED SURVIVOR’ BILL- ROQUE
Malacañang on Wednesday expressed openness to the proposal of Senator Panfilo Lacson to have a designated successor in case the top four leaders of the Philippine government perish due to “exceptional circumstances” such as terrorist attacks.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Lacson’s bill raised the scenario that should be addressed.
Under Lacson’s bill, the following shall assume the powers and duties of the Office of the President until the following election, in case all other successors indicated in the Constitution dies or become permanently disabled:
-the most senior senator, based on the length of service in the Senate;
-the most senior House member based on the length of service in the House of Representatives;
-the member of the Cabinet designated by the President
The President shall also designate a member of the Cabinet to be sequestered in a secret and secure location before any public or private activity, event, or function which will be attended by the President, Vice President, and other ranking officials.
Lacson said the Acting President’s official actions pertaining to the day-to-day operations of the government should remain effective unless revoked by the elected President within 90 days from his or her assumption or re-assumption of office.
On Sunday, Quezon City Representative Precious Hipolito Castelo withdrew her similar bill in the House of Representatives after screenshots of her proposed measure went viral on social media.