Press Release
January 19, 2018

Hontiveros on Senate-less Chacha: Pweradalism

Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros on Friday opposed House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez's push for a Senate-less constituent assembly calling it a tyrannical process that will establish a "pweradalism."

Hontiveros also expressed her contempt on Alvarez's warning that provinces which would not support the President's move to federalism would receive zero budget.

"This is a clear vulgar abuse of power. They say that change is for the good of the public, but they deprive the very participation of the public if it does not agree with them," Hontiveros said.

Alvarez on Friday threatened those provinces who would oppose the administration's move to federalism with zero bugets, going on record saying Siyempre, yung ibang probinsya ayaw makisama, o di zero sa budget." Earlier Alverez also said that Congress would push through with plans of a constitutional assembly despite the unanimous objection of the Senate.

"Pweradalism ang sinusulong ng administrasyong Duterte. Itsi-pwera ang Senado sa proseso ng pagbabago ng konstitusyon. Pwera ang mamamayan ant ang kanilang lehitimong interes at kapakanan. Pwera ang mga LGUs na may agam agam. Pwera ang demokrasya at karapatang pantao," Hontiveros concluded.

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