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Cost-benefit analysis

Repair a house or overhaul it?

Does it guarantee success?

We don’t need to adopt federalism in our country, we may just amend some of the provisions of the constitution to address your primary concern on budget

What is your time frame for this?

Knowledge of the people

I, you, they, we, are all Filipinos. We live in one country and we are united with one race. To the honorable judges, co counsels, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, a pleasant afternoon. We on the negative side firmly believes that the Philippines should not adopt Federal form of government.

Just what I like to point out a while ago, if your house has a broken window or roof, will you restructure the entire house than to repair the window or the roof? Of course not. Having said the contentions of the affirmative side, there is nothing in the federal form of government that cannot be done in our current unitary form of government. The Philippines adapting federalism is revising the Constitution, just like the failed attempt of the then proposed Joint Resolution No. 10 which might have required the revision of 14 of the 18 Articles of the 1987 Constitution.

If we will take an in depth cost-benefit analysis of this, it is more of a cost than a benefit. Contrary to the major contention of the affirmative side that the very essence of federalism is to ensure that growth and prosperity are spread to every part of the Philippines, not just in Manila is a fallacy. Federalism allows the benefits and costs of government to be spread unevenly. It creates disadvantages in poorer states and communities. Furthermore, there will be overlapping work, redundancy and confusion.

It is a fact that the Philippines is a diverse country. Each has its own capacities to earn, as well has its own necessities. Federalism will only benefit those prime cities but will create disadvantages in poorer states. According to National Anti Poverty Commission (NAPC), 2 among the 5 provinces of ARMM were included in the top 10 provinces that have the highest poverty incidence among families from 2006-2012. Maguindanao is number 4 and Lanao Del Sur tops the list. ARMM is a classic "epic fail" example of "Federalism", being the only region that has its own government.

In federalism there will be overlapping work, redundancy and confusion. Separating the functions of the national government and the regional government will result to

duplicity of functions. This could be expensive. The National Bureau of Investigation, for example, will have to maintain the same criminal records as its equivalent in the regional level. The bureaucracy will expand. The very nature of federalism necessitates more

bureaucrats in both the national and regional levels. More bureaucrats mean more bureaucracy. This can lead to inefficiency and corruption.

It will create more problems, as been said by one of the senators, the Filipino people will have to realize that they will lose the right by their own single vote to choose the president of the Philippines or whoever will be called the head of state, maybe prime minister or premier. We as individual will only got to choose the members of the parliament who are the equivalent of congressman in our status quo. We will leave the choice to a group of politicians in determining the head of the state, and as we know how those politicians act, maybe the candidate with the highest bid could get the position.

Critics argue that federalism cannot function well due to ignorance. I mean, it's a new animal for them. It's a must that the people should be privy with this, and what is your expected timeline for this?

We do not need a change of government,

all

we

need is to strengthen the

centralized government. If there are issues like in the budget, the current system can promulgate a different regulation to address the issue. Of course we will not restructure the entire house if only the glass of the window is broken. And to end of it all, we are in one nation, like in a family. We should help each other hand in hand to enrich and improve each individual.

Interpolation: Do you have a family? - YES Are you leaving with them? - YES -NO

Interpolation:

Do you have a family? - YES Are you leaving with them? - YES -NO : Oh I'm sorry for that, but let's take for a moment

that you are Do you eat a lot? - YES, NO Then, you are a good example of federalism. In a family all the resources of each family usually contributes to the budget of the whole family, regardless of your ability to contribute or your need to consume. YES - In your case since you eat a lot, and you are in need than the rest of the family members, you are given most of the share in the family budget. NO - In your case since that you don't eat a lot, regardless of your capacity to take and your capacity to contribute, your share to the family budget is given to the rest of the members who are more in need. I'm sure you love your family right? - YES, and you do not wish to see that while you are well off in living, the others are not right? - YES

Are you a resident of Manila? - YES Are you aware of how much it cost to live in manila? - YES So, assuming that the glass of your window of your house is broken, all you need to do is to fix that particular thing right? - YES You would not obviously restructure your entire house because it's well impractical and costly right? - YES

I have no further question your honor.