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Thursday, 11 May 2017 11:38

CDP and PDP-LABAN: on the road to Federalism

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The Centrist Democratic Party of the Philippines (CDP) – Ang Partido ng Tunay na Demokrasya has successfully hosted the 8th National Congress on the 6th of May 2017 at Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City, Philippines. Secretary Ernesto Abella, who was one of the invited keynote speakers, talked about the programs of the Duterte administration. He was glad that the CDP share the same vision with the administration and that federalism will most likely take place in the Duterte government only when the people is willing to take an active part in such change. With hope, Sec. Abella said that “it takes a nation, to build a nation” and the way forward is through federalism. Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel, the PDP-LABAN President, also spoke about their party’s version of roadmap to federalism. Though CDP and PDP-LABAN have the same ideological underpinnings, the CDP’s position is similar to the PDP-Laban stance but with a slight twist; a unicameral parliament v/s a bicameral; a ceremonial president v/s a strong one; and the Prime Minister as Head of Government leading towards an eventual Federal system of government. The major divergence in both position is in the question of the timing of the restructuring of the political elements. The CDP passed a resolution to thresh out differences of the two positions in a meeting to be represented by coordinating bodies of PDP-LABAN and CDP.


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