Davao City (CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday announced that the country’s new regional constitution would be drafted in three years.
Duterte told reporters he wants the Philippines to have “one unified and democratic country,” adding that he had made the announcement during his campaign speech at Davao University in Davao, Philippines.
“I have made the decision to start drafting the national constitution in three months,” he said.
Davao, a city of 4.4 million people, is a major center for foreign investment.
The Philippine government announced last month it will start drafting a new regional document by 2019.
The draft document will be unveiled on June 6.
Davao is not the only country in the region to have a new constitution.
China and India have already adopted a national constitution.
Duterte has been criticized for being too soft on crime, for his “poverty and filth” rhetoric, and for his use of social media to spread his views.
He has also been accused of inciting anti-China sentiment.
The Philippines’ Constitution mandates the president to serve three four-year terms and be eligible for reelection.
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