SENATOR Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said on Friday that federalism will make for a better and stronger form of government.
In a press briefing held at the Royal Mandaya Hotel, Marcos supported the idea of federalism being pushed by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
"In political theory, it is almost axiomatic to say that a single center of power is much less stable than many centers of political power. For a more stable government, federalism is a good idea," Marcos said.
However, the process of overhauling the current unitary government into a federal form must be studied very closely.
"It's not going to be easy to do but if we're going to do it, we need to do it well," he added. "The idea of federalism is a good one and if you remember, it is one that we had already experimented before sa interim Batasang Pampansa kung saan nagkaroon ng halalan na regional representative ang hinalal, nagsimula na tayo dyan."
Marcos said that federalism will also address the equality of budget sharing among the provinces, so that Manila will no longer get a bigger chunk of the national budget.
"Ang reklamo ng lahat ng probinsya, lahat nalang pumupunta sa Manila, as if we don't exist in the other provinces kaya ang phrase na "imperial Manila" madalas na naririnig ngayon," he said.
The senator added that more than 30 percent of the national budget approved last year went to the National Capital Region, which comprises only of 14 percent of the total population.