Let’s go Federal

If we still remember, political dynasty after the 1972 Martial Law started at the time of the late President Corazon C. Aquino when the new Constitution was framed and ratified and a new local government code was adopted. 

Among the principal authors of these changes was the late Aquilino Pimentel Jr., father of Senator Koko Pimentel, who was then local government secretary or minister and one of those committee members appointed by President Duterte to draft a constitution of the President’s proposed federalism.

From then on, political dynasty has began to build and now here we are ruled by families in our respective localities. How it came so rapidly and whatever reasons there are, political clans controlled the development of our areas with the power and money aimed for the public welfare they consider their own at their disposal.

Sad to say, indeed, political clans ruling us have not helped alleviate the conditions of the Filipino people in any aspect of their way of life — political, economic, cultural etc. — because the problem is rooted in the very system that Filipino lives are subjected to follow as citizens of this country.

They may argue the dreaded Coronavirus has overtaken them in their desire to truly improve the lot of their people. What a foolish contention. They were given more than enough time to do their task. But they did not until the virus arrived.

There is an urgent need, therefore, to change this system. We see Federalism so far as the best solution for our woes and miseries. But if this could not happen, then revolutionary government can be another alternative. Think of it.

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For the record. In America, Coronavirus takes greater toll on non-white Americans

Coronavirus deaths among Americans ages 65 and younger are more common among non-whites than among whites, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in a publication.

Overall, 34.9 percent of Hispanic patients who died were younger than 65, while 29.5 percent of non-whites who died were under 65 compared with only 13.2 percent of white, non-Hispanic decedents.

PHILIPPINE MUSLIM TODAY

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