MALACAÑANG yesterday admitted there is a need to exert “more effort” to educate the public about federalism which is being pushed by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Results of the Pulse Asia survey conducted from June 15 to 21 show that 67 percent of Filipinos do not support Charter change now and that 62 percent of Filipinos are against a federal system of government.
However, 69 percent of Filipinos said they had “little to no knowledge” about federalism and 55 percent said they were aware of the proposal to amend the 1987 Constitution.
“For this reason, we cannot expect our people to support an initiative, which they know only little about. There is clearly much work to be done in terms of spreading awareness and knowledge on the aforementioned issue,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.
“We will therefore exert even more effort to inform and educate our citizens about federalism since the approval of the proposed changes in our current Charter ultimately lies in the hands of the Filipino people,” he added.
The survey was conducted more than two weeks before the Consultative Committee, which Malacañang tasked to review the constitution, submitted the copy of the draft federal charter to Duterte and Congress and made available to the public the content of the same.
Duterte has said that he would quit his post as early as next year once the proposed federal charter is ratified by the public, insisting that the current unitary system of government has failed the people by keeping resources and power centralized.