Friday, December 02, 2005
Ramos is worried that federalism "could lead some regions to secede". I'm sorry but this worry betrays his utter lack of vision and leadership. His distrust for the people in the regions surely must make them want to secede from Manila as soon as The Ramos Parliament is in place.

Abs-cbn quoted Tabako as saying. . ..
"We are a country of thousands of islands. We must first strengthen our connections with each other, strengthen the armed forces, and strengthen the police before we go federal. This might take 12 to 15 years"

Surely Ramos should not misplace his distrust for the oligarchs and dynasts to reform-minded federalists who are ready to make intelligent concessions with the national government so long as the interest of their constituents have been secured.

And when Ramos said there is yet a need for "strengthening the armed forces and the police . . ." is Ramos not in effect saying that he was ineffective as head of the Police Constabulary, chief of staff of the AFP, Defense Secretary and President? Just asking.

He also hinted at a need to have at least 12 years of parliamentary utopia, apparently, to make the police and military establishment strong enough to bully the federated states into submission. How could he say so when he himself claim he don't want to run for parliament because it is a demotion for a former president? (Ironically he is suggesting Gloria to run for parliament for a chance to become Prime Minister, yipeee!)

My reading is that "12 to 15 years" of parliamentary politicking before going federal really means "to hell with federalism, parliament is a big headache enough".

Fact of the matter is, only politicians who refuse to fade away like Ramos are the one's most excited over the prospect of a parliamentary form of government. It has no popular support with the rest of the Pinoy folks especially in the provinces who just want to buckle down to work and leave mud wrestling to the professional politicians in Manila.

And should politicians continue spewing mud at each other while the federated states of RP thrive on the side, what's wrong if one of them or all of them decides to secede? What's wrong with that? At least Manilans like me will have a chance to migrate to Cebu instead of East Timor!

It's one thing to campaign for changing the system of government but quite another thing to force feed one's political beliefs on the entire body politic.

Ramos also wants his agenda be carried out out by Gloria in six months? Boy did Ramos almost meant to add "or else"!

What's so special about six months?! Hmmmm...

Blogger Rizalist said...
Myself, I am all for SECESSION, but I take it you are for a federal system. How many States do you suggest we break the archipelago up into and what would be their constituencies? Just curious. Thanks

Blogger Journeyist said...
I don't have an exact ideal. As many as 20, I believe, is a fair number. The main idea is simply to make each state big enough to compete on its own in the world market... and make national politics as irrelevant as possible to the future and fate of each state...

Blogger Rizalist said...
Wow, that sounds like twenty little nation-states, all more or less competing with each other. That also means 20 new State Governments, all competing with each other for what still has to be a Federal Government. Which makes this out to be a 20 fold increase in the SIZE and COST of government. From 79 provinces to 20 States still leaves too much room for parochial interests.

Hmmm, I'm not liking your proposal very much right now. But I was hoping you would have said three states, Luzon Visayas and Mindanao.

Blogger Journeyist said...
I think your proposal for a 3-state federal system would be too comfortable it might as well give way to secessionism. Neither will it necessarily kill parochial interests.

You've guessed my agenda. Competition! That's what I want. In the purest, entrepreneurial sense, competition among the states within a federated Philippines would likely transmute parochialism to better use.

I don't see the why 20 states should multiply the cost of governance 20-fold when what it would really do is create 20 self-sustaining economies, each seeking to achieve efficiency in the pursuit of its own agenda.

It all depends on the way the system is designed. I'm sure a 3-state system could work just as great under certain circumstances but that would be too manageable for the neo-imperialists to manage.

I say let there be competition and may the best states win!

thanks Rizalist for your comments. :-)