Lorenzana explains CDPI proposal to shift to federal system of gov’t Featured

The Centrist Democracy Political Institute (CDPI) headed a former Cabinet official from Davao City has begun explaining its proposal for the country to shift to a federal parliamentary system, urging Congress to start deliberating the amendments in 1987 Constitution that will pave the way for federalization.


Lito Monico Lorenzana, President of the CDPI, told reporters and editors covering Kapehan sa Dabaw at the SM Annex at Ecoland last Monday morning the CDPI, one of the four groups espousing federalism will be presenting this proposal to the 25-man commission to be appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte.


CDPI is a political non-profit organization, in partnership with Konrad Adanauer Stiftung Philippines, a German political foundation which promotes political education initiatives worldwide.


“We want a system where power and authority are not centralized but shared between the federal government and the states --- we call these regions, sub-states,” Lorenzana said in an earlier press briefing in Malacañan.


“We have several models of federalism already submitted to the Congress. We are presenting to you today a model borne out of years of discernment and study,” according to Lorenzana.


According to Lorenzana, the CDPI’s proposal adopted and updated the 2005 Consultative Commission documents which they call, “The Centrist Proposal.”
“In our proposal, the Centrist Proposal, the legislative and the executive are fused…We fuse them in a unicameral parliament, one body. And the head of government is the Prime Minister --- with his Cabinet recruited among members of Parliament,” Lorenzana said.


He said the President, as head of state, shall be elected from among the members of parliament and shall have a five-year term while the Prime Minister or the head of government will have no term limits but can be booted out of office through a vote of no confidence, not through the process of impeachment.


Lorenzana said the CDPI has four preconditions while revising the 1987 Constitution: political party reform, enactment of a law banning political dynasties; the passage of a real all-encompassing Freedom of Information Act; and electoral reforms.


“We penalize turncoatism or the switching of political parties, the balimbings, the political butterflies,” Lorenzana said.


As for electoral reforms, he said the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) must be reformed to remove all quasi-judicial work and transfer electoral contests and protests to the judiciary.


“These four conditions have a high probability of passage while we have a President endowed with tremendous political capital and have the political will to act decisively,” he said.


Lorenzana said the CDPI has also proposed timelines, which urges Congress to start deliberating amendments in the 1987 Constitution from October this year up to February 2019.


The second stage will be from May 2020 to 2025, wherein the first parliamentary elections under the new federal Constitution shall be conducted not later than May 2020 “to organize the first parliament under the newly-ratified Constitution with a term of five years up to 2025.”


From May 2025 to 2030, the second regular parliamentary elections under the new Constitution shall be held by 2025 with a five year term to 2030. The country will then have a new Prime Minister and a new President, he said.


“That is the shift to parliamentary…But the process of federalization goes on,” Lorenzana said the Centrist Position calls for 11 autonomous territories.


The 12th autonomous territory, the Bangsamoro, will be constituted ahead of the Bangsamoro Basic Law enacted by Congress previous to the plebiscite, Lorenzana said.


Lorenzana said that by 2028, autonomous territories may already operate like federal states. “They can raise their own funds. They can come up with their own resources. They can come up with their own taxes and spend for themselves. It is a kind of federalism we aspire for where the people from cities and regions shall negotiate among themselves and arrive a decision to set up their own federal state,” he said.


Lorenzana said the process of shifting to federal type of government may take some time, and would need massive political education, especially among millennials. “The Centrist roadmap to federalism is designed to mitigate a shock to the body politic arising from the purging of traditional political parties to the immediate passage of reform laws, now pending in Congress,” he said. (with PNA reports)
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