House backs Duterte’s federalism drive anew

March 24, 2019
Rodrigo Duterte

THE leadership of Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo yesterday reiterated  its support to the federalism initiative of President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte.

“The House of Representatives fully supports President Durerte’s  crusade to set out federalism in the country through constitutional  processes,” said House senior Deputy Majority Leader and 1-Sagip  party-list Rep. Rodante Marcoleta.

Marcoleta made his reaction after Moro National Liberation Front  (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari warned of war if federalism will  not materialize.

He recalled that the House of Representatives last December voted 224  against 22 and with three abstentions, approving on third and final  reading Resolution of Both Houses 15 (RBH 15) which amends the 1987  Constitution to effect President Duterte’s proposed shift to a federal  form of government.

“We have done our part, under the leadership of Speaker Gloria  Macapagal Arroyo, to deliver the draft new Charter to the Senate last  year. We shall pursue this process given the people’s mandate, expressed in the last elections, for Charter change,” Marcoleta  explained.

Earlier, Arroyo said the administration’s proposed federal Charter is  a priority legislation.

RBH 15 is pushing for a presidential-bicameral-federal system of  government and empowers Congress to establish federal states by  convening Congress into a constituent assembly (Con-Ass).

RBH 15 did not contain the anti-dynasty provision and included  after amendment the Vice President in the line of succession to the  presidency.

The House of Representatives supports Con-Ass, believing that convening Congress into an assembly and voting separately is necessary  because it will shorten the time needed for Charter change (Cha-cha).