June 23, 2018, 10:32 am
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PRESIDENT Duterte has been reported to have noted that the people of the Philippines are ready for shift to federalism.

This was confirmed by Malacañang’s official spokesman Harry Roque. He said that the President himself confirmed the shift to a federal system of government even before he ran for the presidency in 2016.

As the President himself noted “Filipinos are now ready for such a shift. He cited as proof the “overwhelming number” of votes that President Duterte garnered when he ran for election in the 2016 presidential polls.

As a matter of fact, Duterte noted that Filipinos were ready for a federal form of government even when he was mayor of Davao City. And when he ran for the presidency it was his campaign platform.

As recalled by Roque, federalism was advocated by Duterte even before and during his campaign for the highest post in the Philippines. 

He reported that Duterte himself said that the people were ready for the shift to a federal form and cited the “overwhelming number of votes” he received in the 2016 presidential polls.

He also recalled that the President himself campaigned for federalism by going around the country during and even before the 2016 presidential elections. 

Duterte has pushed for federalism in the belief that the people, as he put it, are ready for federalism. He also noted that he has been pushing for federalism as he believes that decentralizing the government will equally benefit the entire country, and also resolve the long-standing conflict in Mindanao.

Earlier, Duterte at first lamented that Filipinos seemed to lack interest in a shift to a federal government. He even said that he was willing to concede his proposal if the public continued to oppose the idea of revising the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines.

Finally, President Duterte proposed a hybrid government like that of Hong Kong and China, and he even said he would cut his presidential term short if federalism would be approved by 2019 or 2020. 
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