Senator-elect Christopher “Bong” Go shared that President Rodrigo Duterte had accepted that federalism won’t be passed within his term.
Go shared updates on one of the President’s key campaign promises; shifting the country to a federal form of government.
The former Presidential aide admitted they are having challenges in educating the people on federlaism’s advantage. A massive education campaign is needed for federalism to succeed.
Go said, “Yung federalism sa ngayon kailangan po talaga ng education campaign para maintindihan ng tao at madagdagan ‘yung interes ng taong bayan kung ano talaga ang kabutihang dulot ng federalism.”
“Sa ngayon medyo malayo at mahihirapan pa tayo. Para sa akin, priority is ipaintindi muna sa tao. Acceptability ng publiko muna,” he said
Go continued that he and the President have discussed about it and agreed it’s difficult to pass with only 3 years before his term ends.
“Actually nagkausap po kami ni Presidente tungkol sa federalism, sabi niya mukhang mahihirapan tayo sa ngayon, ” Go said.
When asked if the President has accepted that federalism may not prosper, Go answered, “Yes, tanggap na niya.”
The President has been pushing for a shift to a federal form of government to help address national and economic imbalances and spur progress.
Last 2018, both the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey and Pulse Asia survey showed that majority of Filipinos are unaware on the principles of federalism.
In the First Quarter 2018 Social Weather Survey, only 1 out of 4 Pinoys knows what federal form of government means. That’s 75% unaware and only 25% were aware.
In the June 2018 survey conducted by Pulse Asia, 62% of Filipinos don’t want the present unitary system of government changed to a federal system.
Even with Duterte allies in the Congress, the federalism initiative has yet to be passed in the lower house.