Duterte wants Cha-cha for federalism

by Joworski Alipon, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 06 2014 05:55 PM | Updated as of Oct 07 2014 03:00 AM

CEBU - Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte visited Cebu on Monday as part of his campaign to push for a change in the present system of government from unitary to federal.

Duterte believes that a federal form of government will make the delivery of basic services faster.

His call for charter change is supported by the Federalist Party of Central Visayas.

Despite calls for him to run for president in the upcoming 2016 elections, Duterte insists he will not be seeking higher office in government.

"You don't need me. You will just waste your money on me," Duterte said.

The US has a federal system of government.

The Cornell University Law School describes federalism as “a system of government in which the same territory is controlled by two levels of government. Generally, an overarching national government governs issues that affect the entire country, and smaller subdivisions govern issues of local concern. Both the national government and the smaller political subdivisions have the power to make laws and both have a certain level of autonomy from each other.”