“The Comelec cannot be abolished because there is a need for an agency that would supervise the election. The question would be if the Comelec will continue to be a national organization or will it be a state organization.”
This was the explanation of Comelec chairman Andres Bautista when asked about what will happen to the poll body if the proposed shift of government from democracy to federalism pushes through.
In the proposal of former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel Jr., there will be 11 federal states when the country shifts to federalism – 4 states in Luzon, another four in Visayas, and 3 in Mindanao.
Comelec Chair Andres Bautista said it will still depend on what kind of federalism the country will adapt.
Bautista said one example of federalism is United States where each state has its own election agency.
“That might possibly happen. There might be a Comelec for Luzon, for Visayas, and Mindanao. That would depend on those who would write the federalism law,” Chairman Andres Bautista said.
Comelec said it is ready to discuss its stance on the matter should congress summon the poll body regarding the proposal.
Comelec also recommends a nationwide discussion among lawmakers to help the public understand the effects of federalism in the country.
“What’s important for me is for the public to be taught and given with proper information regarding the plan to shift to a new form of government,” said Bautista.
Bautista said implementing federalism in the country will not be effective at present especially since the country is being run by a democratic government.
Shifting to a federal form of government will mean each state will be given autonomy to create their own laws like on taxation, and infrastructure.
The National Government, meanwhile, will be in charge of matters pertaining to internal and external defense, as well as foreign affairs. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News and Rescue