Senator Bongbong Marcos believes if the next President will push to change the current form of government to Federalism early during his term, there is a good chance of succeeding via charter change. “If the next President will do that he or she has to do it very early on – start the process on the first year, not on the last. That would at least allay suspicions this is being done to extend his term. So that’s a possibility,” Marcos said.
Senator Marcos guested at Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s show “Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa” on Sunday in Davao City, he expressed support to moves toward federalism as the possible answer to socio-economic and social problems plaguing the country, particularly in Mindanao.
He also believes the most acceptable method of charter change would be through a Constitutional Convention where delegates are elected by the public. “So at least those who want to be delegates can campaign and tell the people what their plans are if they are elected. In this way, it would be clear to the public what to expect from their delegates.”
As to federalism, Marcos said it is in theory a good option because it spreads power centers so that if there is a problem in one area it would not affect the entire country.
“Besides, there is recognition that each area is different, with different needs and concerns, and with different assets and capabilities. So you have to treat each one differently, and the best people to determine what is needed in that locality are the people living there,” Marcos said.
“I think it’s time to revisit the concept and see if it would be the one best suited for the Philippines,” Marcos said.