Bandera (Mindanao) - - FRONT PAGE - — John Roson

THE Philippines is not yet ready for the proposed shift to a federal form of government, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Friday.

While noting that federalism is generally "okay" for the defense and militar y establishments, Lorenzana noted that many Filipinos still appear to be lacking information on that type of government.

"Hindi pa kasi hindi nila naiintindihan eh, marami ang hindi nakakaintindi, confusing," the defense chief told reporters.

Lorenzana admitted that he, too, finds parts of the proposed shift confusing, particularly on how power will be transferred from governors to leaders of federal states that will be formed by provinces.

"Paano mo aayusin 'to, kasi meron nang governor diyan na isa e, so papano na 'yung ibang probinsya? Are they still governors o mayors na lang sila? Ako naguguluhan din ako dun," he said.

Lorenzana said the country needs more education on how a federal form of government works.

Meanwhile, Lorenzana expressed belief that Presidential Communications Asec. Margaux "Mocha" Uson, in a way, helped raise awareness on federalism despite the recent uproar on her video.

"Dati hindi alam nung karamihan 'yung federalismo. Ngayon alam na, meron [nang n a gtatanong], ano ba talaga ito? So in a way, that's success," he said.


A PROTESTER displays a placard during a rally outside the Department of Foreign Affairs to denounce an alleged plan of DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano that engages China to a "60-40" sharing in the joint exploration project with PH in the contested Spratly islands in the South China Sea during a rally Friday in Pasay City.

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