Sara Duterte: Federalism to strengthen local warlords

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 25) — Federalism is among the major changes pushed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

However, his own daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte said that the change in political system could worsen conditions in Mindanao.

"Baka mag worsen ang situation ng mga lugar, especially sa mga lugar na hindi pa ready na tumanggap ng dagdag na responsibilities or dagdag na power ang mga local officials," Duterte said in a campaign rally in Tawi-Tawi Thursday.

[Translation: The situations in some places, especially those with local officials that can't handle more responsibilities or powers.]

She added that Mindanao is divided into "kingdoms" with "local warlords."

"Local warlords, I do not think na tama ibigay ang mas malaking powers kapag ganun ang set up ang isang lugar," she said.

[Translation: Local warlods, I don't think it's right to give them bigger powers with that kind of set up.]

While she said that she has long been against federalism, the younger Duterte said that it's up to the Congress and the people if they want to shift to federalism.