Gov Mandanas likens federalism to big Filipino family
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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