Tuesday , April 24, 2018

Duterte wants federalism initiatives to kick off this year

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte renewed Monday his call to push for federal type of government.

In a press conference held at Palace's Rizal Hall, Duterte said the current unitary type of government "has not solved the problem now."

According to Duterte, he had already asked Congress to push for federal movement this year.

"Federalism is really the centerpiece of our campaign and it remains to be so… Unitary type of government has not solved the problem now. We have to correct it," the President said in a joint press conference.

"Let it be known to the people that we have to start the federal movement, the mechanism, this year, or time could run out," he added.

Duterte has been pushing for federalism since the presidential campaign period in 2016, saying it would bring peace with Muslim insurgents and is the country's last chance to end the armed conflict.

He has also reiterated his willingness to cut short his six-year term, once a new system of government is adopted.

The President said the situation in Mindanao continues to worsen, thus, stressed the need to shift to federal system.

"We have no choice. We know the dangers and they can project more or less what will happen if something goes awfully wrong… Apparently, Mindanao is becoming lawless," he said.

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who joined the President in the press conference, threw their support behind Duterte and vowed to push for a measure that would allow a federal form of government. (SunStar Philippines)