MANILA - The government’s model for federalism will be the United States or Germany, said Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III in a conference on federalism in Davao City, Saturday.
Pimentel, who spoke during the Centrist Democratic Party of the Philippines’ eighth national congress, said the country’s form of federalism will both be parliamentary and presidential.
“Our model will be like U.S. or Germany. The Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) model for federalism is uniquely Filipino. They can call it semi-parliamentary and semi-presidential. Kaya nga you cannot label it,” said Pimentel, who is also president of PDP-Laban, Pres. Duterte’s political party.
"Nasa education stage pa tayo. We are still in the stage of informing the people [about] the essence of federalism. We are introducing the people the various models of federalism.”
PDP-Laban is confident the shift to federalism will happen before Duterte’s term ends in 2022.
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, who was also present in the conference, that they are only waiting for Pres. Duterte to complete the names of the 25 members of the Constitutional Commission.
Abella added that federalism was going to be Duterte's legacy.
"’Yung iiwan niya will basically [be] a change in structure and institution na ang pamamahala ay hindi lang sa isang tao kundi ang buong sambayanan ay involved," said Abella, .
--With a report from Vina Araneta, ABS-CBN News