- Senate President Koko Pimentel said federalism is not the cure but is the answer to problems of the nation
- He emphasized that the country should adopt its own form of federalism by learning from other nations
- He said there is also a need to recognize the “diversity of identities” in the Philippines
Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III reiterated that although federalism will not be the cure for all the problems facing the country, it may be the answer to “lingering problems” that still exist.
Pimentel, who together with PDP-Laban party mate President Rodrigo Duterte, is pushing for a federal form of government to be implemented in the country.
“We do not see federalism to be the cure-all to all our problems. Federalism is not a perfect system but it may be the answer to the country’s lingering problems rooted in our country’s multi-cultural nature,” he said, as previously quoted by GMA News.
The Senate President emphasized the importance for the Philippines to create its own system of federal government; recognizing the “diversity of identities” within the country in order to help different communities embrace a common national identity.
He calls federalism as the next logical step for the country in order to decentralize. In order to create a uniquely Filipino form of federalism, Pimentel proposes adopting best practices from around the world.
“We just like the French who created their own system for themselves, then Filipinos can also create a uniquely Filipino system for the Phillipines … not similar to any other in the world. I propose that we adopt the best features of the governments in Europe, North America, Australia, and even Malaysia and adapt them to our needs. We should not also close your eyes to the newly emerging federations in South America and Africa,” he said.
He notes however, that academics have pointed out that there is no one perfect model of federalism in the world.
“Each country must discern its own version of federalism according to peculiar conditions of their societies. Therefore, it is important to learn from the experiences, whether good or bad, of existing federations,” he added.