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Bong Go: Federalism a ‘long shot’

/ 01:01 PM May 22, 2019

Senator-elect Christopher ‘Bong’ Go. INQUIRER.NET / Daphne Galvez

MANILA, Philippines — Former presidential aide and now Senator-elect Christopher “Bong” Go conceded that President Rodrigo Duterte’s push for federalism remained a “long shot” as he noted the public’s lack of awareness.

“Federalism is a long shot, kahit itanong niyo kay Pangulong Duterte. Kailangan munang i-educate ang ating mga kababayan kung ano ang kabutihan ng federalism,” Go told reporters Wednesday after the proclamation of winning senatorial candidates.

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“Sa ngayon, mahihirapan tayo ipasa ito. Sa pag-iikot namin parang hindi interesado ang taumbayan sa federalism,” he added.

A shift to a federal form of government was one of Duterte’s campaign promises in the 2016 presidential elections.

Since assuming office, Duterte has pushed for constitutional amendments as he believes that federalism would help spur progress throughout the country.

But despite Duterte’s push for federalism, Congress did not prioritize the proposed amendment to the 1987 Constitution. (Editor: Cenon B. Bibe Jr.)

READ: Senate: Charter change is not urgent

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