Davao mayor proposes shift to federal gov't

Subscribe Now October 07, 2014 at 09:18am

IF CONGRESS supports constitutional change, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said Filipinos should demand for a shift to a federal form of government.

Duterte said that by having federal states, economic development would no longer be focused in the National Capital Region.

Duterte, who was in Cebu last Sunday, said that he is not in favor of amending the 1987 Constitution, even for economic reasons.

Some sectors raised the need to amend the constitutional provision preventing foreigners from owning real property in the Philippines. The proposal seeks to attract more investments to the country.

But Duterte is against it. “If that will happen, Chinese nationals who are awash with cash will buy all our lands and the Filipinos will become squatters,” he said.

The Davao City mayor reiterated he is not interest in running for president in 2016.

But during the induction of officials of the Federal Advocates for a Better Philippines Inc. in Cebu, he said that if he is fated for Malacañang, he will clean up the government, the military, police and the judiciary in the first year of his term.
He said corruption and lawlessness abound in many branches of government.

Duterte also said that getting the support of Congress is crucial for a president’s success.

“If they (congressmen and senators) will not support me in attaining good governance, especially in appropriating the right budget to improve the lives of the people, I will declare a revolutionary government and abolish Congress in six months,” he said.


Duterte said governance should focus on law and order and food security.

He also expressed his views on the establishment of a Bangsamoro state that only involves the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). “There must be a Bangsamoro nation with the MILF and Bangsamoro Tausog with former Autonomous Regional of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Nur Misuari,” he said.

Duterte was in Cebu to induct officers of the Federal Advocates for a Better Philippines Inc.

The group is headed by Alexander Bacalla, a retired general of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Other officers are: Ortillano Repollo and Eduardo Adlawan, vice presidents; Vicente Gambito, auditor; lawyer Vincent Isles, secretary; Grace Gemino, treasurer; and Rodulfo Taneo, Domingo Luego, Jovencio Patindol, Paulino Gequillo, Constancio Panilag, Abundio Lusocon, Daniel Cutamora, Victor Quijano and Rogelio Quezon, directors.

Former Cebu governor Emilio Osmeña, former Cebu vice governor Enrique Rama, Bukidnon Gov. Jose Zubiri, Southern Leyte Gov. Oging Mercado were also present during the event.

Source: sunstar.com.ph

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