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Totally unacceptable! Nene Pimentel opposes 10-year transition period for federalism

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Former senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. is against the 10-year transition period proposed by lawmakers even though he is an advocate of federalism.

In an interview aired Monday (January 15) with former socioeconomic planning secretary Winnie Monsod, Pimentel called the proposed decade-long transition period “totally unacceptable.”

“I would like to say kayo lahat na nasa poder na yun who are elected officials, nandidiyan po kayo dahil sa gusto ng taong bayan na nandun kayo. Huwag niyong isantabi yung proseso when the people would exercise their sovereignty to pleasure just so you can stay in power forever,” he said.

While the motive behind becoming a federal republic is good, Pimentel frowned upon the rush by which the House of Representatives wants to amend the 1987 Constitution.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has said he wants the plebiscite held on the amendments to the Constitution held by May.

Pimentel proposed that the process of Charter Change through constituent assembly be open to the public.

“It is very important na ang taong bayan should know ang punot dulo nito. What we are starting now, how are we going there, what will happen when we get there,” he said.