Commentary: PGMA bats for shift to federal gov't. for Mindanao's lasting peace
By Jessie R. Valdez
San Fernando City, La Union (14 August) -- Senate Resolution No. 10 entitled "Joint resolution to convene the Congress into a Constituent Assembly for the purpose of revising the Constitution to establish a Federal System of Government" is gaining support as President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo bats for federal government.
Malacanang supports Senate Resolution No. 10 to dispel speculations that PGMA is bent on staying power beyond her term if the proposed federal system of government will be pushed through and disputing rumors that the President is reviving Cha-cha to extend her stay in office.
The Constitution only allows presidents to hold office for one six year term and that PGMA even declared in her SONA that she will stay as President up to 2010 only so, there's should be no panic from the administration critics.
To change the country's form of government has been PGMA's long -running proposal for she believes that the shift to a federal system will not only bring development in Mindanao but more so lasting peace.
Although Mindanao is rich in natural resources, it is the country's poorest region mainly because of the decades-old Muslim insurgency.
The President's endorsement of Cha-cha to create a federal government is part of the peace process with the MILF and that advocating federalism will also allow Muslims in Mindanao to govern their ancestral domain. (PIA La Union) [top]