The Philippines Sets Out to Commit Poli…

The future of President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to turn the Philippines from a unitary state to a federal one was once regarded as imprecise as the future of the European Union and Brexit. However, the draft of a new federal constitution just released suggests that Duterte’s ambitions at sustaining himself in power are at the core of the proposal rather than a well-thought-out blueprint for more effective government of the archipelago. “Be very afraid” wrote Solita Carlos-Monsod, a drafter of the current, post-Marcos constitution.

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