Philippines Should Be a Federal State

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What is a federal state? A federal state, also known as a federation or federalism is a system of government in which a measure of the chief executive’s power is shifted to the governorates. Instead of the current unitary system, the federal system gives enough authority to the regions or provinces to allow them the freedom to effectively administer themselves under the ultimate power of the central government. A federal state is a state with a defined territory characterized by a junction of partially self-governing states or regions connected by a central government. It is also a system of government in which several states form a unity but remain independent in internal affairs. And this house believes that the Philippines should be a federal state. Why go federal? The real question is though, having proved that the president can never do enough; after hearing their speeches, election after election, and no progress, why should we still be interested? Why do we still lay it all to the president? And what do the governors have to do with this? The president is the president and no governor can measure up to him or her, but knowing that the president cannot really handle it all; shouldn’t we empower our governors? So that we can expect from them what we can't from the president. So why do we give all the authority to the president; why not apportion some to our governors? Why do we commit all our resources to the chief executive, only to be squandered into very comprehensive and hence hard-to-trace corruption; why don’t we entrust some to the governors and hold each of them accountable? This way the Philippines could advance in every way possible since each province is watched carefully by its own government. Why don’t we, in so many words, go federal? This is exactly what we need, in a country made up of 7,107 islands and a great diversity of ethnic groups, federalism promises wider freedom to self-determination, and the long-awaited across-the-board national...
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