Federalism must be PDP-Laban’s rallying call in fight vs terrorists and dissidents –– Du30
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said that his partymates in the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng
Bayan (PDP-Laban) should lead the charge in promoting Federalism in the country.
Duterte, who is also the Party Chairman of PDP Laban, talked of the shift in the form of
government during his speech at the PDP Laban Christmas Benefit Dinner for Marawi.
“It will be a disaster… it is a disaster kung hindi PDP Laban ang magdala. But kung ang PDP
mag-dala [it is] because we want to preserve my duty and their duty to their country (which) is to
protect the Filipino and maintain and preserve the Republic of the Philippines,” said Duterte.
Touching on martial law and the threats of terrorism and rebellion, Duterte said the best way
to stop the spread of Islamic extremism is to fulfill his campaign promise to shift to a federal
system of government.
“The best way really for PDP… is to fulfill the campaign promise”, said Duterte.
Duterte said the aim of the PDP Laban “is really to get a consensus” on what particular
federal structure is best fits the country.
Aside from federalism, the chief executive also urged his partymates to lead his campaign
against corrupt government officials and vowed that he will not spare anyone who will be proven doing
anomalous act in his administration.
“Now, mabuti’t nandito tayo. PDP is growing big. I welcome the members there… pero itong atin,
I’m just pointing out how our idealism should move forward sa PDP. Otherwise, if we do not stop this
thing, corruption, mahirap ‘to,” said Duterte.
That same night, the Senate under the leadership of Senate President and Party President
Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III ratified the bicameral report on the Tax Reform for Acceleration and
Inclusion, or TRAIN, bill, which is aimed at funding Build, Build, Build and the social service
programs of the government.
Pimentel also presided over the Senate passage of the joint resolution increasing the base pay
of military and uniformed personnel, another campaign promise of President Duterte, during the same
Around 2,000 PDP Laban members attended the party’s fund-raising Christmas Dinner to help in
the reconstruction of Marawi City.