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Duterte’s federalism promise hinged on next Senate

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President Rodrigo R. Duterte is counting on having more pro-federalism senators in the next Congress to fulfill his promised shift in system

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said his office has stepped up the campaign to promote federalism in both regional and provincial levels with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) taking the lead.

“So mayroon pang isang hindi natutulak na pangako ni Presidente at na-implement — at ito iyong pederalismo. SA mid-term elections, the President would need enough senators in the Senate para ma-realize natin iyong federalism na pangarap po ng ating mga kababayan,” said Andanar in a radio interview.

Andanar is confident that more Filipinos would support federalism.

“Ako naman ay naniniwala na napakadaming mga kababayan natin, I myself included, ang naniniwala sa pederalismo,” Andanar said.

Last month, DILG Assistant Secretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya urged voters to consider voting for candidates who will push for federalism in the next Congress.

He also urged voters to make federalism an election issue and vote for candidates on the basis of issues and not personalities.

In November 2018, Duterte created an Inter-Agency Task Force on Federalism (IATF) through Memorandum Circular 52 to take charge of “integrating, harmonizing, and coordinating ongoing efforts towards federalism and constitutional reform.”

DILG is also set to convene 200 key representatives from 76 national government agencies for a two-day conference on federalism from March 18 to 19. (PNA)

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