Eleven senators endorse federal system of govt

Posted at 04/24/08 2:43 PM

Eleven senators have co-sponsored a resolution calling to amend the 1987 Constitution and the eventual adoption of a federal system of government, ABS-CBN News reported Thursday.

Senate Minority Floor Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. filed Senate Resolution No. 10, co-signed by Senate President Manuel Villar and Senators Edgardo Angara, Pia Cayetano, Juan Ponce Enrile, Francis Escudero, Jinggoy Estrada, Gregorio Honasan, Panfilo Lacson, Francis Pangilinan and Ramon Revilla Jr.

The joint resolution called to convene Congress into a Constituent Assembly to revise the Constitution to establish a federal system of government.

"The highly centralized system of government has brought about a spotty development of the nation where preferential treatment has been given to localities whose officials are friendly with or have easy access to an incumbent administration," the resolution stated.

If the proposed revision of the Constitution pushes through, the country would then be called the Federal Republic of the Philippines.

11 states plus Metro Manila

The resolution called for the creation of eleven States out of the Republic, which "would establish centers of finance and development in the archipelago."

The states would be Northern Luzon, Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog, Bicol, Minparom (Mindoro, Palawan, and Romblon), Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Western Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Southern Mindanao and BangsaMoro.

Metro Manila would then become the Federal Administrative Region, the resolution stated.

"The federalization of the Republic would speed up the development of the entire nation and help dissipate the causes of the insurgency throughout the land, particularly, the centuries-old Moro rebellions," the resolution added.

Pimentel said the shift to a federal system of government aims to accomplish two main goals: the swift development of the entire country, and the elimination of the root causes of rebellion, particularly in Mindanao.

The resolution proposed the revision of the Constitution by either a Constitutional Convention, Constituent Assembly, or by Popular Initiative, but it said "it may be most expedient to revise the Constitution through a Constituent Assembly."

The resolution, however, did not specify which of the modes suggested would be used in amending the Constitution. With a report from ANC