Duterte nixes 'pure parliament' for PH

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Posted at Aug 29 2016 11:15 AM | Updated as of Aug 29 2016 12:51 PM

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Speaking to an audience in commemoration of the National Heroes' Day, President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated his call for a shift to federalism, but he said it would be wrong for the Philippines to shift into a 'pure parliament.'

"It would be disaster for our country. Somebody should hold the Armed Forces and the Police to control the country," he said.

He emphasized that while he leaves it to the next generations to improve the new form of government, it would be necessary to have a federal government because "the present unitary type has done us no good."

He also explained his discomfort with the use of the term "Malacañang" in reference to his official residence and office.

"The word 'Malacañang' is one of the vestiges of imperialism. I'm not comfortable with it, and you should understand: I do not ever mention 'Malacañang.' i just say 'People's Palace.' It is the people's palace," he said.