By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — It is high time to fine-tune the 1987 Constitution — including considering a shift to federalism and a parliamentary government — so it can fulfill its goal of providing Filipinos with a just and humane society.
On this note, Senator Robinhood “Robin” C. Padilla filed Senate Resolution 6 to review provisions in the Charter that are stumbling blocks to equitable economic growth.
“While sovereign Filipino people promulgated the Constitution in order to build a just and humane society, it is unfortunate that after 35 years from its effectivity, we have yet to attain a ‘just and humane society,'” he said in his resolution.
Padilla lamented that the country’s economic growth has been “largely centralized” in Metro Manila and its neighboring regions such as Central Luzon and Calabarzon, which accounted for 57 percent of Gross Domestic Product – compared to 43 percent in the other 14 regions – from 2019 to 2021.
On the other hand, he said it is time to study federalism to undertake policy-making and legislative functions “reflective of the concerns of our various geographical regions.” (ai/mtvn)