This is the draft constitution proposed by the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) party adopting a parliamentary-federal system of government.
The problem, we submit, is our highly-centralized form of government and the solution, we believe, is the adoption of the federal system. We believe that the only way to bring about equitable and widespread development in our country is for the central government to share power – political and economic – with the regions and LGUs.
No matter what happens the MILF will abide by and stick to agreements signed with government – and we will consistently invoke them. This is not only to protect and preserve the gains of the peace process but also to ensure that we are standing on solid moral grounds. By this, we will surely not regret later. As one high MILF leader once said: “It is better to secure a centavo already in the pocket than to hunt for a peso still in the wilderness.”
A skirmish between the Maute-IS forces and government troops weeks ago spoke volumes about the war against the extremists. The report was run in the inside pages of newspapers but its significance was not lost on the discerning public engrossed in the action-packed “Probinsyano”-like telenovela ongoing in Marawi.
THE PHILIPPINES has the weakest governance system in Asia, an international think tank said, noting that abrupt policy changes under President Rodrigo R. Duterte have not delivered substantial gains despite his popularity among Filipinos.