House pursues shift of PH to federal government

House pursues shift of PH to federal government

Everybody thought this was already a complete goner under the last part of the term of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

Some allies of the President in the House of Representatives are making the last push for this to become a reality a major shift in the way government administration from its current Manila centric style of governance.

Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez,who is the chair of the committee on constitutional amendments is pushing for the shift to federal form of government that was proposed by the retired chief justice Reynato Puno led consultative committee ans was earlier approved by  Duterte and the previous Congress.

Retired chief justice Reynato Puno led the consultative committee regarding the shift of federal form of government  
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Rodriguez included in his report on the proposed amendments to the 1987 Constitution the shift to a federal form of government, which was already approved by the House plenary during the 17th Congress in 2018.

Rodriguez revealed that the committee report adopted with modification the proposal in the draft constitution of the Puno commission.

The move was most welcome despite earlier pronouncements that the panel would no longer pursue such a move and that Duterte is no longer pursuing his initial promise to shift the current form of government to that of federal form.

“We have considered the Puno draft in the committee deliberations and we will also consider it in the plenary debates in relation to the four sets of proposed amendments,” Rodriguez said.

He said the panel report is proposing the creation of federated regions and election of senators per region.
“The election of senators by region is a feature of federalism: the rule of subsidiarity. We adopted the proposal of the Puno draft to have federated regions. While it proposed 16 regions, our committee decided to have only nine regions,” he bared.
As per records, the House had approved on third and final reading last December 2018 the resolution that seeks to shift the Philippines to a federal system of government after a 224-22-3 vote that met the required three-fourths vote.

The House under then House speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo swiftly approved the draft constitution of the Puno commission, with only a few changes.
The draft constitution, which was reportedly approved by the President in July 2018, sought to create 18 federated regions, including federated regions of the Bangsamoro and Cordillera.

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