By Genalyn Kabiling
Malacañang has posed no objection in case Manila would no longer be the capital of the Philippines under the proposed federal government.
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said it was up to Congress to decide on the new capital in the event the country shifts to federalism.
“That’s fine. Because with the President from Mindanao, siguro wala namang problema iyan at kung napapansin ninyo po mayroon ng ibang mga departamento na lumalabas na ng Maynila [maybe there is no problem with that and if you notice, there are other departments moving out of Manila],” Roque said during a press conference in Cotabato City, Maguindanao.
“Wala po tayong problema diyan, bahala po ang Kongreso magdesisyon pagdating diyan dahil iyan po ay itinatakda naman din ng ating Kongreso [We have no problem with that. It’s up to Congress to decide because ” he added.
Roque made the statement after Atty. Roan Libarios, a member of the committee tasked to review the proposed changes in the Constitution, reportedly hinted about the possible new capital of the country under the proposed federal government.
Libarios, in a television interview, said Clark or Cebu could be the alternative administrative center in case of a new federal government.