Federalism push renewed

Martin Romualdez

LEYTE Representative-elect Ferdinand Martin Romualdez has reaffirmed his commitment to supporting  federalism.

The shift to a federal government is one of the agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Romualdez underscored the need to advance constitutional reforms during the next Congress in order to sustain the country’s economic growth.

Romualdez, a lawyer and president of the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa), stressed that the incoming House leadership must continue to support President Duterte’s efforts to amend the Constitution.
He said the push for Charter change (Cha-cha) should be on the list of priorities of national leaders as this would complement the Duterte administration’s initiatives to accelerate economic growth.

“We will keep our dedication, commitment, passion and the flame burning in pursuing federalism until we reap the real benefits of genuine constitutional reforms for our children and the succeeding generations,” Romualdez, one of the frontrunners in the Speakership race, said.

“I urge my colleagues and the Filipino people to stand behind President Duterte and help push a federal Constitution to create opportunities and for strong economic growth to be felt also by ordinary people,” he added.

Romualdez is the current president of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD).

“The federalism advocacy of President Duterte is a golden opportunity to unlock the doors of peace, progress and prosperity of the country and the people,” he also said.

Last December, the House of Representatives voted 224 against 22 with three abstentions approving on third and final reading its version of a federal Constitution under Resolution of Both Houses No. 15, of which Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is one of the principal authors.

Romualdez, also renewed Philconsa’s commitment to defend and protect the 1987 Constitution.

He pointed out that the Constitution serves as a “Bible of good governance” and “beacon of light” in ensuring the country’s political and economic stability.

“Let us join hands to maintain the pristine supremacy of the Constitution,” he said.

Romualdez said Philconsa, the oldest association of legal luminaries in the country which has been existing for almost 58 years, remains strongly supportive of President Duterte’s federalism initiative.