MORE and more Filipinos now believe that the move to rewrite the Constitution hinges on the greater consideration that shifting to parliamentary-federal system of government should benefit the people.
In the view of many, it is important that our lawmakers -- senators and congressmen -- should not turn a deaf ear to the calls of various sectors to speed up the process of shifting to federalism.
And no less than Philippine Constitution Association (PHILCONSA) President Martin Romualdez cited President Duterte and Congress leaders for their renewed commitment to push federalism.
The United States-educated Romualdez is husband of Leyte 1st District Rep. Yedda Marie K. Romualdez.
Reports said that President Duterte and Congress leaders renewed their commitment during last Tuesday’s Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) meeting at Malacañang.
The Congress leaders were led by Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel and House Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez who, like the crusading Chief Executive, are Mindanaoans.
Romualdez, a lawyer and banker by profession and a former House independent minority bloc leader, said “this is a good indication that genuine reforms will be carried through constitutional reforms.”
These critical times, he said, call for all good, reliable and tested men to now come to the aid of our nation.
“Iyung pederalismo (ay) kailangan nang maumpisahan na talaga natin. Magpupulong kami ng liderato ng Senado kung kailan kami puwedeng mag-convene into a Constituent Assembly,” said Speaker Alvarez.
Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte, on the other hand, expressed the hope that the processes needed to effect the shift to federal system would finally be put on the fast lane.
Villafuerte issued the statement following the creation in the Lower Chamber of Congress of four technical working groups (TWGs) that would draft a proposed Philippine Federal Constitution.
Let’s adopt the federal system of government if we are to address the country’s various problems, including the armed conflict in natural resources-rich but impoverished Mindanao.