By Charissa Luci-Atienza
Former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada on Monday night said the shift to federalism “needs more study.”
He said the proposal to shift to a federal form of government should be carefully and exhaustively studied after economic managers cautioned that the rush to implement federalism may disrupt country’s economic growth.
“It needs more study,” he told reporters.
In a television interview, Economic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia warned that the rushed implementation of federalism would impact the economy since it would take years before most of the country’s regions can adopt federalism.
Last March, Estrada rallied behind President Duterte’s federalism proposal, saying that it would address the unfair distribution of funds between local government units and the national government.
He made the statement of support to federalism during the opening of the three-day general assembly of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) held in Manila Hotel.
In his remarks before the LMP, the Manila Mayor expects that the federal shift will happen under President Duterte’s watch.
Estrada also declared anew his intention to seek a third and final term in the upcoming 2019 midterm elections.
He said he wanted to make Manila a “great city” again and turn the “Pearl of the Orient” into a drug-free city.