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Gov Mandanas likens federalism to big Filipino family

Jul 20, 2018 @ 13:12

Batangas Governor Dodo Mandanas on July 17 debunked claims that federalism will lead to the country’s disunity.

The Batangas politiko said greater autonomy for regions does not mean a splintered Philippines.

“The essence ng federal system is not independence, that’s why some quarters are confused, because we are giving them greater autonomy,” Mandanas said.

He likened federalism to a big Filipino family where a son or daughter moves out of the house after getting married to be independent but is still part of a bigger family.

“Sa Tagalog pa, hindi tayo nagkakahiwa-hiwalay, nakakawatak-watak, kundi nag-bubukod-bukod lamang. Ibig sabihin sa isang bilao, may tig-iisang parte tayo, isang lugar, pero kabahagi pa rin tayo,” Mandanas said.

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