Press Release
April 10, 2016

Cayetano only VP candidate who pushes for federalism

Vice presidential candidate Senate Majority leader Alan Peter Cayetano pushed for federalism as a systemic answer to realize peace in Mindanao.

During the vice presidential debate on Sunday, April 10, Cayetano was asked, "How do you propose to achieve lasting peace in Mindanao?"

Cayetano said, "Sabi nga ni Mayor Duterte, na aking pinaniniwalaan, nothing short of federalism can solve the problem in Mindanao."

"Ang pederalismo lamang ang kayang magbuklod sa lahat ng sektor. Ang hindi lang pumapayag dito ay ang mga nakikinabang sa sistema ngayon," the senator added.

Back in January, Senators Grace Poe and Francis "Chiz" Escudero rejected Duterte's and Cayetano's call for federalism. They said that it would not work well in the Philippine setup, a statement which Cayetano dubbed as a "classic Manila-centric" attitude.

"The very essence of Federalism is to ensure that growth and prosperity are spread to every part of the Philippines, not just in Manila. It's a pity that Senators Poe and Escudero are against this. Kawawa naman ang ibang parte ng bansa kung sila ang mamumuno," Cayetano earlier said.

Aside from Cayetano, Senator Escudero, Senator Gringo Honasan, Senator Bongbong Marcos, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV attended the only vice presidential debate held at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

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