The states that people, when given unlimited

The Constitution vests upon the President
the executive power to enforce and administer the law, which carries with it a
plenitude of authority and responsibility. The extension of the term of the
President has long been a standing issue in the Government. The Constitution
clearly prohibits it as stipulated in Article VII Section 4 that : “The president… shall be elected by
direct vote of the people for a term of six years… and shall not be eligible
for any reelection.”

 

We firmly believe that the
term of the President should not be extended from six to ten years simply for two
main reasons: First, the single-term presidency, enables the president to devote
his attention to the proper discharge of his office and on all that needs to be done within
the six-year term instead of using its perquisites to ensure his remaining
therein for another term. This empowers the President to act immediately and
focus on the more pressing issues that the nation is confronting. Over the past
six years of the 15th President’s administration, the Philippines’
rank in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index jumped 38
notches from 85th to 47th, moving us to within the top one-third of 144
countries rated. The country’s corruption perception index dropped from 134th
(out of 168 countries rated) in 2010 to 95th in 2015, climbing a total of 39
slots—the largest jump in Asean and the fourth largest in the world. This shows
that indeed much can be done within six years.

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Second, term limits provide
an important role in fighting and limiting corruption. This provides an
important check on the concentration of power, which in turn strengthens
democracy and ensure long-term stability. With
term limits, transitions take place as a natural course of events in the
democratic system (Dulani, 2011). Administering parties can cultivate new governance,
which can carry on succesful policies of their former leaders at the same time
correct past mistakes. According to Griner (2009) eliminating or unduly
extending term limits engenders corruption, the main cause of public distrust
in democratic institutions, and a significant obstacle to economic development.
A general consensus states that people, when given unlimited power, will in the
long run be tainted by it. As in the current case, if the term of the President
will stay as is which is six years then he will have limited power and more
likely run the tenure of his office for the purpose of serving the people than
for personal intentions, and they would have to leave office before corruption
dominates their decisions.  It has been aptly said that the longer a
person remains in a position of power the more likely that person is to show
corruption signs and utilize control and misrepresentation to keep that power.

 

To sum up, the
term of the President should not be extended from six to ten years not
only because it is constitutionaly mandated but more so for it will have a
detrimental effect to the government thus destabilizing the system. 

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