Days after the Consultative Committee (CC) published proposals for Constitutional reform in The Philippines that would see the country retain its US style presidential system in a federalised nation, a more wide reaching reform package put together by a Sub-Committee of the House of Representatives offers the nation a clearer and vastly preferable path for genuine political reform.
The House proposals would create a federal assembly (parliament) from which a prime minister would be derived as the head of government. The prime minister would be the final arbiter of all domestic policy while he or she would help to shape foreign policy whose aims would later be executed and amended by an elected president who would execute the traditional functions of a head of state.
The House proposals further divide The Philippines into 5 federal units including Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and Bangsamoro. By contrast, the CC model retained 18 existing regions and devolved additional powers to their future leadership in a federal model.
Finally, the House proposals abolish the office of Vice President in-line with the majority of parliamentary systems around the world.
In many respects the differences between the CC’s proposals and the House Sub-Committee proposals boil down to the differences between a Singapore style parliamentary system and a system which is in many respects identical to the federal-presidential system in the United States.
It remains my position that voters should themselves decide the fate of their country in a three question referendum which asks whether voters support the existing system, a federal-presidential system or a federal-parliamentary system.
Below is a video from Orion Perez which explains why a federal-parliamentary system is the one best suited for delivering a better future to the Filipino people: