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San Beda Law dean Ranhilio Aquino to Duterte: Shut economic managers’ mouth on federalism or fire them

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A member of the Consultative Committee (ConCom) which drafted the proposed federal constitution isn’t happy about the economic managers’ apprehensions about federalism.

San Beda Graduate School of Law dean Fr. Ranhilio Aquino on Friday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to rein in his economic managers or fire them if they are opposed to changing the form of government.

In his Manila Standard column, Aquino said the ConCom has done its job by coming up with a draft charter.

“If the President believes that federalism is good for the country—as he has often announced—then he must rally his allies and marshall the powers of the Executive Branch to convince the people about it,” he said.

“He must silence the members of his official family who do not share his position and, if necessary, send them packing,” Aquino added.

Finance Secretary Carlos “Sonny” Dominguez on Wednesday (August 8) told members of the Senate finance committee that the country’s credit rating will “go to hell” if the proposed shift to federalism pushes through.

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, meanwhile, said shifting to federalism may disrupt the economy’s momentum.

Aquino said the government cannot be credible in its push for federalism if officials do not speak with one voice.

He added that it will be the country’s loss if the push for federalism doesn’t succeed.