kallenavn datingsider Ugly.” That was how Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto described federalism as a proposed form of government for the Philippines.
kontaktannonser hudiksvall Amending the Constitution to change the Philippine form of government from a unitary, bicameral form to a federal, parliamentary form of government is a major thrust of the Duterte administration.
“I think all you need are amendments to the Local Government Code,” Recto said. “I don’t think you need to tinker with the Constitution and totally revise it to have a federal system of government.”
He said his experience as legislator and director general of the National Economic and Development Authority, as well that of his wife, Vilma Santos, as mayor and governor of Batangas has led him to oppose the plan.
“The math is wrong,” Recto said, explaining that currently three regions account for 65 percent of the gross domestic product of the country—Metro Manila, Southern Tagalog and Central Luzon.
“Who pays for the subsidy in ARMM? 65 percent will come from the three regions. Now if you’re going to make federal states out of these regions, will other regions lose the subsidy?” he said.
He said it would also be problematic if only 20 percent of the “national wealth” is given to the central government while the rest or 80 percent is allocated for the federal state.
“How are you going to divide the debt of this country?” he said. “Interest expense on your debt is already 13 to 15 percent. Who’s going to pay for it? We will only have five percent left.”
“You know, if you put the pesos and cents in the proposals, and you add the numbers to all that, the math is wrong,” he said.