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Charot! Alvarez scrapped PM in federal draft because people might think he’s craving post – Pimentel

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Speaker Bebot Alvarez ‎has moved to scrap the prime minister position in the ruling party’s on-going draft for federalism because people might think he was craving to get the post.

This was bared by Senate President Koko Pimentel during the mass oath-taking of Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) ‎in Bulacan.

“Sabi namin ni Speaker, kasi baka maakusahan tayo na inihahanda natin si Speaker Alvarez bilang maging Prime Minister, so sabi namin huwag na muna,” Pimentel said.

This is why, Pimentel said, PDP is pushing a federal-presidential form of government similar to that in the United States.

President Rodrigo Duterte, however, is pushing for a French variant of federalism which has both a president and prime minister.

Alvarez, who was called an “asshole” by Duterte’s daughter, urged ‎the new members of the ruling party to support federalism.

“Federalism is all about power, money, and opportunity,” said Alvarez in a statement.

He said ‎ federalism would empower local government units to chart their own destiny, would allow LGUs to keep the larger share of the taxes collected, and open up development opportunities in the provinces.

Pimentel said that if they can’t complete federalism before the 2019 polls, the re-electionist senator said he would need additional support in the Senate to support the shift.

PDP stalwarts present in the event and are being groomed for possible inclusion in the administration’s senatorial slate in 2019 are Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Reps. Reynaldo Umali, Karlo Nograles, Sajid Mangundadatu, Geraldine Roman, Alfredo “Albee” Benitez, and Monsour Del Rosario.

Also present in the event were presidential political adviser Francis Tolentino, former Manila councilor Greco Belgica, CEZA (Cagayan Economic Zone Authority) administrator Raul Lambino, and DILG (Department of Interior and Local Government) Undersecretary Martin Diño.