By Prince Golez
Power should not be centralized in Manila, but rather distributed throughout the country, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said Thursday.
During the oathtaking of the new members of the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PRP) in Malacañang, Marcos Jr. said the devolution of functions to local government units, which the national government has begun, is “the first step of the federal government.”
The stability of a political structure is much more reliable when there are several power centers, according to the President.
“If the power centers only belong here in Manila, then pabagsakin mo ‘yung Manila, bagsak ang buong Pilipinas,” he said.
“But with the power centers being given to the local governments, to the local districts, and to those who are operating at the local level, and thereby bringing those power centers to many, many, many places, it makes for a more stable political structure and makes a more stable political life.”
Meanwhile, Marcos Jr. said the PRP, which the Commission on Elections formally accredited in October 2018, needs allies to promote its advocacies.
“I’m very happy that we are at the beginnings of this organization of our party, that we are at the beginnings of our dealings not only with our own party but also with the other political players who are on the scene,” the chief executive said.
“Kaya’t patitibayin natin nang husto dahil mayroon talaga tayong ipinaglalaban. Kailangan natin ng maraming kakampi, kailangan natin ng lahat ng tulong. At diyan nabuhay ‘yung aming tinatawag na whole-of-government at whole-of-nation approach dahil nga kailangan talaga lahat ay magkaisa,” he added.
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