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Alvarez bares preference for new seat of government. Clue: It’s in Visayas

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Negros Island could end up becoming the seat of Philippine government under the sought federal system set-up.

This was bared by no less than House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who said that the island of Negros in the Visayas is a geographically suitable location.

“Halos lahat nung mga karatig-bansa natin ay inilipat na ang seat of government nila away from the population, yung concentration ng maraming tao,” the PDP-Laban secretary-general said in a radio interview Friday, November 18.

“Ngayon ang sa akin naman, pag inilipat mo yan sa Clark [Pampanga] kawawa naman yung Mindanao Visayas kasi napakalayo na ano…at saka yung southern Luzon. Kaya ang panukala ko diyan, ilagay natin sa gitna kasi kung ilagay mo naman sa Mindanao napakalayo din para sa mga taga-Luzon,” Alvarez said.

The House leader cited Bohol, Panay, Samar, Leyte and Negros as candidates for the country’s new seat of government, but then he already has a favorite.

“Ang para sa akin ang nakita kong pinakamagandang location yung Negros Island kasi accessible sa lahat, sa Mindanao, sa Visayas at hindi rin kalayuan sa Luzon.

“Kung manggagaling kang Mindanao kaysa pumunta kang Clark, mas mura yung Negros. Kung galing ka somewhere in Bicol or Quezon siguro mas malapit yung Negros. At para naman din aangat din yung ekonomiya ng Visayas,” Alvarez explained.

Should this transfer push through, then the Senate and House of Representatives (HOR) would also call Negros its new home, Alvarez said.

President Rodrigo Duterte, a personal friend of Alvarez’s, is pushing for the switch to a federal type of government from the current unitary type.