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An Official Residence for The Vice President? Hep, hep, hep…

July 8, 2010

Pres. Noynoy Aquino is now reported as having “no objection” to the Vice President having an ‘official residence’.

This, on the heels of reports that the Veep is considering requesting for the Coconut Palace as his official abode.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20100630-278348/Binay-may-hold-court-at-Coconut-Palace

But wait.

Such a move will, however, be possible only if the 1987 Constitution is amended specifically to give the Veep a residence paid for by the Filipino taxpayer.

The fundamental law provides:

“ARTICLE VII
EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

Section 6. The President shall have an official residence. The salaries of the President and Vice-President shall be determined by law and shall not be decreased during their tenure. No increase in said compensation shall take effect until after the expiration of the term of the incumbent during which such increase was approved. They shall not receive during their tenure any other emolument from the Government or any other source.”

The provision is clear that it is the President is entitled to have an Official Residence

Imagine, a charter amendment to give the Vice President one???

Update

Latest news is V-Nay is getting his wish for an Official Residence in a roundabout way: CocoBanana… errrh  Palace is being designated as his rent free office.

Never mind the revenue from the Palace previously being rented out for private events will be lost.

The question is will he live there, too?

This bears close watching…

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