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Duterte wants constitutional shift towards federalism

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte said he is pursuing a federal form of government that is in accordance with the Constitution.

Duterte issued the remark after Moro National Liberation Front leader Nur Misuari threatened to declare war if the government fails to push for federalism in the country.

“Tapos na man ‘yung federalism na being crafted by Congress. Maybe somehow we can now craft a — the set up within the federal structures. Pero it has to go into a process and I’m sure Chairman Misuari knows that — that everything must be in accordance with the Constitution,” the President said.

“Well, kung ano ang labas nung federalism, we’ll just have to craft something there that would be allowed by the Constitution and by law,” he added.

Duterte reiterated that it was then President Corazon Aquino who promised the Moro people the federal system.

“(Misuari) has slowed down because he wants to talk and the original agreement I think, that was assurance given to him by Cory Aquino was that there will be a federal system that would govern this country, I mean the structure. And he is sticking to that agreement,” he added.

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