Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
PHOTO BY ARCHIVE
MANILA – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he will not insist on pushing for federalism but will prefer to make changes to the Constitution.
“If you do not want federalism, fine,” Duterte said in a speech during the oath-taking of newly elected senators and officials in Malacanang on Tuesday.
“But change the Constitution that would really change this nation,” he added.
Duterte has been pushing for a federal form of government, which he believes will spur development in the countryside.
The Philippine president has said he will accept it if the move towards federalism will not happen during his administration.
The House of Representatives has already created a draft federal constitution, however, the Senate has repeatedly said that federalism is not among its priorities.
Duterte has formed a Consultative Committee made up of experts who completed the proposed Bayanihan Federal Constitution last year.
Under the proposed charter, political dynasties, monopolies and oligopolies are banned. The draft charter also proposes 18 federal regions composed of 16 symmetrical regions and two asymmetrical regions Bangsamoro and Cordillera. DAJ/Expat Media
New Imelda Marcos film on Philippines ‘historical extravagance’
Department of OFW to include illegal recruitment victims in Middle East, says Go
This is the world’s number 1 destination in 2019
Comedian Jo Koy to perform in Dubai
Ex-Dubai editor who killed wife asks for court leniency
Severe UAE weather warning as heavy rain lashes country
Fujairah fire that killed 7 children: mother on trial
Watch: 70,000 join first Dubai Run on Sheikh Zayed Road
Dubai Run 30X30: Race, Metro, Parking and all you need to know
Eye in the sky for UAE traffic violators
New Zayed National Museum to open in Abu Dhabi
Man ‘visited by dead wife’ dresses up as a bride for 30 years