Undeniably, Senator Risa Hontiveros is one of the most vocal critics against the planned shift to federal government and as expected, she said that such “shift will make regions poorer.”
Hontiveros claim did not make US-based Pinoy blogger Edwin Jamora very happy.
An annoyed Jamora rolled up his sleeves to find the holes in Hontiveros’ statement.
True enough, Jamora did find the holes in Hontiveros’ statement and discussed 3 things to attack it.
SINO BA TALAGA ANG SABLAY. ALAMIN NATEN
Sabi ni Risa Hontiveros, “Ang pederalismo ni Pangulong Duterte ay hindi lamang salat sa demokrasya, sablay pa sa ekonomiya.”
PWES, ALAMIN PO NATEN KUNG SINO TALAGA ANG SABLAY.
Risa said (or whoever her speechwriter)
“Aside from the massive democratic deficit President Duterte’s version of federalism suffers from, I am worried that his federalist vision is not even economically viable and practical in the first place. Instead of redistributing wealth and dispersing economic development to the regions, President Duterte’s federalism might only make the regions poorer and their economies weaker,” she said in a statement.
Folks three things that we need to discuss to attack Risa’s incorrect thinking.
FIRST – Remember the tax slide in one of my post? Who collects the most taxes? Metro-manila. Now hear me. Part of this is that, there are so many branches of Manila’s businesses that are operating in the provinces. Do you know that when they pay taxes, the head office in Manila actually pays the taxes in Manila? So, sino ang lugi sa formula pro-ration on taxes collected? Eh di yong LGU hosting the branch! Sino ang nag-benefit nung taxes na binabayad nung branch na nasa LGU? Eh di ang Manila. So, pag binalik sa LGU ang taxes in the form of IRA, hulaan – eh di an-liit. You got me?!
So from the get go, and you can see this from the tax graph, halos walang pera ang ibang Federated Regions because they have been giving these taxes to the Central Government in Manila. So tama si Risa di ba? Hindi magiging feasible. At baket hindi magiging feasible? Dahil ginawa nang hayup na Presidential System na maging inutil ang Federated Regions to be independent and run their economies on their own.
Therefore, in the first few years, it is imperative upon the Central Government in Manila to assist the Federated Regions temporarily so they can stand on their own. Why? Eh ang Central Government ang nakinabang nung mga taxes na dapat napunta sa Federated Regions!! Leche!
SECOND – Is it possible for a Federated Region to be poorer in a Federal Form of Government? YES. How is that possible? It is possible kung talagang mga torpe at tanga ang mga namamahala sa Regional Government. Now, will that happen? Mahirap. You know why? Because of the promixity nang Regional Government sa citizenry. Right now, wala tayong magawa kung nawawala mga pondo sa national level at hindi nakakarating sa regional level. All they do in the Senate is investigate. Pag Regional Government na to, we are close to the action and therefore participation is better.
THIRD – and I discussed this in my previous update just below this one…
REGIONAL GOVERNMENTS IN THE FEDERAL FORM CAN NOW FOCUS ON THE REGIONS ECONOMY
So if the region will get poorer, it’s on the leaders. This is where our leaders will be forced to be smart and intelligent enough on how to be creative in generating revenues for their region.
This time, the Regional Government will have to work and be creative and NOT depend on the handouts and IRA from the national government.
Sino ngayon ang sablay Risa?!