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Federalism Being Pushed – Are you in favor of it?

FEDERALISM – The Filipino people have different stands when it comes to changing the type of government in the Philippines from democratic to federal systems.

One of the widely-talked about topics in the Philippines now is federalism after the Consultative Committee (ConCom) unanimously approved the draft of the proposed charter. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s also reportedly set to approve the said draft constitution.

The matter also became a trending topic after the video of Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson and her game show co-host Drew Olivar went viral on social media.

The said video gained different reactions from the people and as well as from known personalities in showbiz and politics. Undeniably, several people were disappointed over the action of the PCOO Asec. including actress Agot Isidro and federalism advocate Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III.

Aquilino Koko Pimentel III

Sen. Koko Pimentel / Photo Courtesy of InterAksyon

The move of PCOO Asec. Mocha Uson and Drew Olivar have also sparked a campaign for her removal from the government. On the social media, netizens behind the Facebook page West PH Sea Forum led the campaign to fire the PCOO Asec.

Uson previously clarified that their game show has nothing to do with the draft of the ConCom. She also expressed that it is not in line with the “informative drive”.

For the part of Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, she expressed that they are right in wanting the campaign for federalism to be widened. According to her, there is just a need to fix the way it is presented to the people.


Photo lifted from PhilStar | Courtesy AP/Bullit Marquez

Undeniably, the Filipino people are used to having a democratic type of government and many are hesitant about what federalism may bring. Under the federal systems, there would be a blend of the central government with regional governments and federal states have their powers.

While there are those who are hesitant about federalism, there are also those who see that it can bring lots of advantages for the country and the people including the decentralization of power. How about you? Are you in favor of adopting the federal systems in the Philippines?

What do you think about it?

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