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Saturday, 27 February 2016 13:37

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BY BOB JALDON

 

Los Angeles, CA. — I recall writing sometime in August of last year about RODRIGO DUTERTE and his dream (he wasn’t a presidential candidate yet) of creating a federal form of government to replace our American-inspired presidential system. Oh me, oh my. This outspoken mayor from a city that once spoke Chavacano, as did Cotabato, said he will close congress if only to get rid of corruption.

I think Atty. Duterte is the kind of man that we need as president — ala Ferdinand E. Marcos. Remember that Martial Law motto? “Sa ikauunlad ng bayan, disiplina ang kailangan.” Aha, shades of Marcosian rule, this time of a newer society. Other than having an alleged corrupt congress, Mr. Duterte must have another impeding, resolute reason for abolishing it. The creation, he thinks, of another form of government shall merit it. Is federalism the anti-dote to corruption, dirt in the bureaucracy and indecency? Perhaps.

Mr. Duterte or his spokesman, who gave our frail mayor a lesson in political science the other day, should explain how federalism would evolve. To crush corruption, sin and eliminate all the scums from our blessed land, they will have to be gathered in one isolated island, perhaps near the contested South China Sea, and nuked. Mr. Duterte would love to do that. Not only he, but also the great minds (they’re old and about to go) of our country are calling for a change in our form of government — as if that is the only answer to our growing miseries.

Speaking boldly and resolutely about killing all drug dealers and criminals for as long as the act is within the bounds of the law creates an impression of fear for Mr. Duterte. FEM possessed that boldness, too. That’s why his enemies ran for their lives. This ain’t Tombstone, sir.

Is Mr. Duterte the man who can reconcile political contradictions, religious differences (Christianity vs. Islam), sexual disorientations, class struggles and prejudices/biases? Is he the man who can push for tangible reforms that will narrow the gap between rich and poor. He claims that federalism will. Maybe he is the messiah, the savior, we are waiting for. Maybe.

Until someone can explain how this system of government works and what good it shall do to the Filipinos, rich and poor, the present one is preferred. What model shall we pattern our federal system from? Great Britain, France, Malaysia, the United States? Or shall we have our own unique federal form of government to fit our multi-faceted culture? The burden in maintaining any kind of federal system always falls on the taxpayers.

I leave my last sentence to political scientists and internal revenue officers to explain.