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PDP-Laban pushing ‘uniquely Filipino’ federal form of government

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The Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas ng Bayan (PDP Laban) is advocating for a “uniquely Filipino, semi-presidential executive-legislative set-up” under the proposed federal system of government, Senate President Aquilino Martin Pimentel III said Tuesday.

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“We seek to benefit from the advantages of the parliamentary system while respecting the Filipinos’ preference for a strong president at the helm, at the leadership,” Pimentel said.

Pimentel said that the PDP-Laban is pushing a distinct brand of federalism suited to Filipinos instead of following other countries’ existing models.

What PDP Laban wants, he said, is for the people to directly elect their president who will remain the head of state and the symbol of unity for the entire nation.

In the planned semi-presidential executive-legislative set-up, Pimentel said the National Assembly would elect a Prime Minister to be formally appointed by the President.

Under the proposed federal government, the Prime Minister heads the government and would have power over all matters concerning domestic policy that is not assigned to the President.

The President would still be the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces and take charge of the foreign affairs and the national defense, among other important national concerns, Pimentel said.

Aside from that, Pimentel said PDP Laban is also proposing that the vote for the president would also be a vote for the vice-president, as is the practice in the United States, who would become the presiding officer of the Senate.

The number of senators would also increase as the regions would elect their own senator that would represent each of the country’s 11 regions.

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  • Yolanda Santos

    What the heck is this PDP Laban Party’s “uniquely” Filipino federal form of government? What’s so unique about the same corrupt politicians from political dynasties lording it over the 11 planned states?

    What so unique about Killer Idioterte handing over the Bangsamoro state to the MILF and MNLF, which could then declare separation from the Philippines?

    This federal form that idioterte lapdog Pimentel talks about is not unique – it is stupid.

    • Idoy

      Please cam down! What is unique form of federal government is that poor Filipino like myself can run for office locally without competing with lapdog officials supported by oligarchs from the national government. We are on our own and we can survive without the help from the national government because we are different Filipinos, we are real Filipinos who help one another just like helping thy neighbors. We do not engage in corrupt practices like the people in Luzon. Just because we are running our own affairs does not mean separating from the Philippine society. WE ARE SEPARATING FROM CORRUPT PHILIPPINE OLD POLITICS.

    • pablo sanchez

      halatang wala kang alam cecilia. sa federalismo lalong wala na kayong makukulimbat dahil hinda na dito sa maynila ang sentro ng kita, mas magkakaron ng malaking share bawat estado para mapalakas nila ang kanilang lugar. kaya kayo nagagalit kasi gusto nyo hindi umunlad ang mga nasa probinsya. siksikan na kami dito sa maynila at pag natuloy and federalismo hindi na nila kaylangan lumayo sa pamilya nila para lang mangarap ng maayos na pamumuhay. wag kayong makasarili matagal ng namamayagpag ang mga magnanakaw na mayayaman. ang mga pulitikong puro pangako at nakikilala lang ang mahihirap tuwing araw kampanya. mahiya naman kayo mga utak talangka hayaan naman natin na maka ahon ang mga kababayan natin.

      • pablo sanchez

        correction yoalnda pala. akala ko parehas kasi kayo ni cecilia cy.

    • darthvaderjr

      HOY YOLANDA FUNDS, SO KUNTENTO KA NA SA GOVERNMENT SYSTEM NGAYON NA BULOK SINCE 1987? SO, HAPPY KA NA ANG IBANG PROVINCES AY NALEFT BEHIND SUCH AS ARMM AND REGION VIII? FEDERALISM GIVES A CHANCE TO EVERY PROVINCE, BIG OR SMALL, TO GROW WHEREAS THE CENTRALIZED GOVERNMENT WORSENS TRAFFIC AND POPULATION CONTROL. HAVE A BRAIN, YOU MORON!

      • Yolanda Santos

        Hoy, stupid cretin, hindi ang system of government ang bulok, iyong mga bobo at mga magnanakaw nating mga politiko ang bulok. Kahit federal pa, kung magnanakaw pa rin ang mga pinuno natin, bulok pa rin.

        Magisip isip ka idiot-ertard.

  • jimmy

    Stop talking… start working NOW.