For example, Region V, which is at present composed of Albay with Legazpi City, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, including the Cities of Naga and Iriga, Catanduanes, Masbate, and Sorsogon will become the State of Bicol, to be composed of the same provinces and cities, minus Masbate.
Under a federal system, each of the states will be independent.
In addition, the complaint is that the age-old conflicts and secessionist movements in Mindanao continue to defy solution.
All these – the failure of the LGUs to develop and the seemingly insoluble conflict in Mindanao – have been laid at the doorstep of Imperial Manila.
In 1944, the British government tried to organize them (except Singapore) into a single state, the Malayan Union, but strong opposition forced it to abandon the plan.
Instead, on February 1, 1948 the Federation of Malaya, which later became the present Federation of Malaysia, was formed.The National Supreme Court will exercise original jurisdiction over interstate commerce and transportation and appellate jurisdiction over cases arising from or between the states which involve the application and interpretation of the Federal Constitution and the federal laws.Give the establishment of a state court system and the appellate or review processes up to the national level another three years. Much of the business of the US Supreme Court consists of adjudicating cases involving diversity of jurisdiction because of its dual court system. But what about the training of leaders in public policy, since each state is now going to determine its policies?More than the amendment of the Constitution is the amendment of men’s nature.This is likely to take a much longer period, not just years but perhaps a whole generation or several epochs.Each will have its own constitution, its own government, and its own court system, in contrast to local governments which only exercise power given to them by the central government.Given the condition of the local government units, however, thoughtful citizens are asking whether we are ready for the federal system. Abueva, fervent advocate of federalism, estimates that ten years would be enough to make the proposed states viable. What federalization will entail Each state, as I have said, will have to have its own constitution.Similarly, Lord Acton, wary of absolute power, thought that “by multiplying the centers of government and discussion [federalism becomes] . On the other hand, Dean Roscoe Pound saw federalism as the only way for governing a large country of continental extent, like the United States, by which national policies can be fully realized by permitting regional variations according to local needs.The effective administration of a continental domain was another purpose of federalism.What about the development of its economy, how long will it take to grow the region so that each state can stand on its own two feet?What about preparing people for the duties and responsibilities of statehood, all cast in the context of duties and responsibilities to the broader Nation?