BAGUIO CITY (PNA)–The PDu30-CORE, or the President Duterte Cons-titutional Reform Towards Federalism, conveners considered the first forum on Friday a success with the attendance of more than 800 people despite the strong southwest monsoon affecting Baguio City and the Cordillera Region.
Former Baguio City Councilor Antonio Tabora Jr on Friday, said after the forum that they were con-vinced the forum reached its goal with the attendance.
Based on the registra-tion of attendees, indivi-duals representing their respective barangays com-posed the bulk of partici-pants.
Tabora said this only showed that people were interested in the proposed change of the country’s form of government.
The elected officials who attended the forum included Ifugao Repre-sentative Teddy Baguilat Jr, Baguio City Represen-tative Marquez Go, and Baguio City Mayor Mauri-cio Domogan.
Also seen in the venue was Bishop Carlito Cenzon of the Vicariate of Baguio City and other religious sector representatives.
Former Senator Aqui-lino “Nene” Pimentel Jr, led the speakers in discussing the federal form of government being pushed by Duterte, followed by lawyer Raul Lambino.
Pimentel in his talk, discussed Duterte’s call for a shift to federal system of government, stating that the proposal was a doable, practical plan to speed up the development of the country and the people.
Pimentel said there would be 11 federal states where Metro Manila may be a federal administrative region.
A President and Vice President, federal state Go-vernor and vice governor and still with provincial governors, mayors and other local government unit (LGU) officials will still be elected.
The Legislative Branch will still have the House of Representatives and the Senate but each state will be represented by three Congressmen, three Sena-tors and three Sectoral Representatives to cope with the increasing popu-lation.
The Judiciary will be able to decide on cases faster with the establish-ment of Supreme Court branches in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao with five assigned justices in each branch.
“The move to fede-ralize the country is not simply a political under-taking but also an economic effort,” Pimentel said.