PDP-Laban to spearhead shift to federalism

MANILA, Philippines – The Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) will lead the move to shift to a federal system of government, a ranking administration party official said yesterday.

Raul Lambino, newly appointed PDP-Laban deputy secretary general for constitutional reform, said the party is expecting President Duterte to appoint a 25-member panel to review the 1987 Philippine Constitution.

Lambino said the President, as party chairman, is expected to appoint this month members of the panel representing all sectors.

The President had expressed his wish for a review of the Constitution to make sure it is “responsive to changing times.”

Lambino said the consultative committee would study, conduct consultations and review the provisions of the Constitution.

He said party members Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez would be at the forefront of the legislative move.

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The proponents will look into constitutional provisions on government structure, local governance and economic policies.

The Presidential Management Staff will serve as the secretariat of the committee, providing technical, administrative and staff support.

“The committee shall endeavor to complete its work on or before six months from the date it is convened,” an executive order calling for the committee’s creation said.