Ex-Con-Com spox says votes will show public sentiment towards federalism


Posted at Oct 16 2018 02:35 PM

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MANILA - The former spokesperson for the group tasked by President Rodrigo Duterte to review the 1987 Constitution said votes for him and his party-mates would reflect the real sentiments of the public towards federalism.

"We want to win, but this will also be a measure of how our people will regard the reforms that we are pushing for. If we register enough votes to show that this could be ratified in the future, then we will already know the sentiments," Ding Generoso told ANC.

"We don’t believe in the surveys…Although they are scientifically conducted, they do not represent the real sentiments, lalo when we go to the rural areas," he said.

Generoso relinquished his post as the spokesperson for Duterte's consultative committee and filed his certificate of candidacy for senator, along with 12 other candidates from the Katipunan Ng Kamalayang Kayumanggi political party.

The candidates of the party, representing the regions in which the Philippines would be divided under the proposed charter, would campaign for the draft by the committee headed by Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno.

"We have to work from outside and within the system if we want reforms," said Generoso.

"We want to use the election, this coming polls, as the platform for pushing for system change, for pushing for federalism, for making known to our people what the draft Constitution contains, what reforms we are instituting here, how will it benefit them, how will it benefit the nation," he added.