CAR autonomy bill certified urgent

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BAGUIO CITY: President Rodrigo Duterte has certified House Bill (HB) 5343 which seeks the establishment of an autonomous region in the Cordillera, as urgent administration measure.

Speaking before more than 120 Cordillera leaders in Malacañang recently, the President recognized the need to devolve more powers of the national government to the local government units, including the autonomous regions to be established, to ensure that the people will reap the fruits of genuine development and not be left behind in their growth and development.

However, Duterte said the control and supervision of one Armed Forces and the police will remain with the national government to avoid serious repercussions to the overall security of the archipelago from internal and external forces.

He also assured Cordillera leaders he will allocate two slots for the region in the consultative commission to be created for charter change to a form a Federal state.


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