Ejercito to Cordillera: Continue push for autonomy
Senator JV Ejercito urged Cordillerans to continue their push for autonomy since President Rodrigo Duterte earlier said he would certify it as an urgent measure.
“The Constitution has explicitly provided for the establishment of autonomous regions in Muslim Mindanao and the Cordillera that is why the government is mandated to grant the said status through the enactment of the enabling law that is acceptable to the people of the region,” Ejercito said.
But Ejercito said there are several national laws not applicable to the conditions in Cordillera.
He said Cordillerans should already include in the proposed autonomy bill policies correcting current conditions in the region.
“We support the region’s renewed quest for autonomy because it is important for the region to catch up with the pace of development in other regions of the country through its applicable programs and projects,” he added. #
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