May 10, 2016 / 2:05 AM / 4 years ago

Philippines' Duterte plans parliamentary system: spokesman

Presidential candidate Rodrigo "Digong" Duterte talks to reporters in Davao city in southern Philippines, May 9, 2016. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

DAVAO, Philippines (Reuters) - Maverick Philippine mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who looks set to become the next president, is planning to overhaul the constitution and will propose a shift to a parliamentary system of government, his spokesman said on Tuesday.

“That will require a wide national consensus beginning with asking congress to call for a constitutional convention,” Peter Lavina told a media briefing.

“There will be major rewriting of our constitution.”

A rolling ballot count by an election commission-accredited watchdog on Tuesday showed Duterte had almost 39 percent of votes cast. He was more than 5 million votes ahead of his nearest rival with 90 percent of votes counted.

Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Writing by Manolo Serapio Jr.; Editing by Nick Macfie

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