Never give up on Federalism, says solon

ZAMBOANGA CITY — House Majority Leader and Zamboanga City Second District Representative Manuel “Mannix” Dalipe has urged the members of the Alliance of Advocates of Federalism in the Philippines Inc. to remain strong in their desire to change the present form of government to federalism.

“I urge you to remain strong in your pursuit of a better nation and don’t allow yourself to be disrupted by those who refuse to believe in your desire to change the current form of government from presidential to federal form government,” Dalipe told AAFP president Atty. Nazir Ynawat.

“This may or may not happen within our lifetime. Still, your alliance has planted the seed that could grow into something that can finally make us better as a nation. So why not try changing the system of government, through information dissemination starting at the local grassroots level,” he added.

The lawmaker also asked them to be resilient in explaining to people the good things in the federal form of government.

“Let us be patient and let us persevere if we want to succeed in the end,” Dalipe said.

Meanwhile, Ynawat claimed that the decentralization of power under the 1991 Local government Code is insufficient to address political, economic and socio-cultural disparities of the people in terms of development and sharing resources.

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