The federal movement started their campaigns years ago but they got no landmark achievements yet except that many have favored federalism as a good concept we can adopt to effectively manage the country. Under the system, regions are given full authority to manage their own political and economic affairs. Well, I hope this is the concept.
But when Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo announced her support to it recently, the opposition was not jubilant. Instead, they cast aspersions upon it saying that the timing is bad as it came over the much-heated issue on the controversial Bangsamoro Juridical Entity and the Memorandum Agreement on Ancestral Domain which tackle the view that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front has rights over some areas or regions across the country on top of the current ARMM. Some who favored federalism were also skeptical. (I heard their argument that is why I depicted it in my recent editorial cartoon.)
The fear that PGMA will only use federalism and charter change for her own interest by extending her term beyond 2010 is imagined. Who can tell? Nobody. While we cannot also tell that she will not ride on it, I believe that those who want change now can start with the pronouncement of PGMA. We need the new system for our development today. This is the time. Not tomorrow or that we wait for the next administration to lay the grounds for charter change. Perhaps, the best thing to do is to make sure that the fear of the opposition will not happen. Let the senate discuss the proposal so that we can move out of underdevelopment. I hope I hit the note.