“What’s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” wrote William Shakespeare in his play Romeo and Juliet.
From Negros Island Region to the Federal State of Negros. Why not?
As Negrense Representative Leo Rafael Cueva put it, “We are requesting that Negros Island be appointed as one federal state, or, at least, assign the whole island to one federal state, and not divide it again into two separate parts.”
Congressman Cueva is doing his math here. “Mathematics is the art of giving the same name to different things,” says Jules Henri Poincaré French mathematician, theoretical physicist, engineer, and philosopher of science.
Cueva suggested the name changer in a privilege speech to address Duterte’s recent repeal of the Negros Island Region through Executive Order 183.
“Despite the sad, forced ending to an otherwise happy and perfect union, we are glad to have shown NIR as a good model for federalism, as an empowered region trying to determine the course of its development.”
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The same holds true for regions. Negrense governors Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Roel Degamo back up the petition of the business sector for the “Negros Island Special Area for Development.” The goal is to coordinate and integrate efforts to address the common concerns of both Negros provinces.
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Federalism could thus be the opportunity to resuscitate the Negros Island region by another name. The Duterte administration will go full blast campaigning for amendments in the 1987 Constitution to pave the way for shift from presidential to federal form of government.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government and the National Executive Coordinating Committee, a nationwide group of volunteers that helped campaign for Duterte in the 2016 presidential elections, are leading the information drive.
“We hold on to our faith that when God closes a door, He opens a window,” says Cueva. Federalism could be God’s sweet answer to the Negrenses’ prayer.
Published in the SunStar Bacolod newspaper on August 18, 2017.
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