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Lorenzana: ‘PH not yet ready for federalism’

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana / Photo from Rappler
Following apprehensions demonstrated by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and National Economic Development Authority Chief Ernesto Pernia, another one of President Duterte’s Cabinet official in the person of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana expressed doubts that the Philippines is ready to a federal form of government.

In a presser held at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, Thursday afternoon, Lorenzana said that many Filipinos are still not ‘cut out’ for an abrupt change in the type of government and that vast majority of the population needs to be educated about the Federal System.

“Hindi pa kasi… hindi nila naiintindihan eh, marami ang hindi nakakaintindi eh (They are still not, a lot of them doesn’t understand it),” he said.

“Hindi pa ready kasi. Kailangan natin ng kunting, ng maybe more educational ano, ‘yung information saka maintindihan nila kung ano yung, what is it for us? Anong gagawin? Ano mangyayari dun sa ano namin? (They are not ready. People need to be educated more on it, the information so they could understand it what is it for us? What are to be done? What will happen to our?),” Lorenzana added.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana / Photo from Opinion.inquirer.net
At the same time, the cabinet official emphatized with both Dominguez’s and Pernia’s concerns as Federalism, at most part, confuses almost everyone on different angles.

Secretary Dominguez was concerned about the financial aspect needed for the shift to Federal form while Pernia is looking at its possible effects with the country’s economy.

“Secretary Dominguez is looking at it on the money, how much money is needed to shift? You know when it comes to the Department of Finance they always think, “Can we do this?” Lorenzana said.

“On Secretary Pernia’s part, it will wreck havoc on our economy. Talagang magulo ‘yan kung hindi naka-prepare ‘yung mga states (if the states are not prepared). Like if you will create Ilocos as a state, Cagayan Valley as a state, Central Luzon as a state. There are governors there, how do you fix that? How about the other provinces? Are there still governors or only mayors? On my part I’m also confused,” he added.
President Rodrigo Duterte / Photo from geodata.com.ph
Lorenzana also clarified that the military will not meddle around with thedeployment of the country’s federal shift.

“We haven’t conducted a survey on our troops, but the military will support whatever the Congress will pass, as long as it has been deliberated on,” he said.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque explained that it is inevitable that many Cabinet members are now speaking out clearly because of questions about Charter Change left unanswered.

Malacañang have earlier made the announcement that ALL Cabinet officials pledged their support for Federalism and it is now within one’s control to find ways and means to make it happen.

“The President will have to task them, because the President as, you know, the principal of all the alter egos of the President has said that he is pushing for federalism. So, it is incumbent upon the alter egos to find ways and means now to make that happen,” the Presidential Spokesman said.

“I’d like to see if there are alternatives because federalism remains a priority of the President and we need to address obviously even the financial aspects of the constitutional change towards federalism,” he added.

Meanwhile, when asked about the controversial video by former sexy dancer and now Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson alongside fellow vlogger Drew Olivar that drew flak due its perversion of Federalism, Lorenzana jested, “In a way, Mocha was successful in raising the awareness of the people.”


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Source: news.mb.com.ph