Visayas chapters of the Kilusang Pagbabago, the pro-administration mass movement, will push federalism in a rally at 3pm this October 28, 2018 in Cebu City.
The movement will also announce support for eight senatorial candidates led by SAP Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go who advocate a shift to a federal form of government as proposed by President Rodrigo Duterte.
The rally, dubbed ‘Lihok Suporta! Sulong Federalism,’ will transpire after a Visayas-wide Congress of KP leaders at the Cebu Capitol Social Hall that begins in the morning of October 28, 2018.
“We do not want the political season to deflect discussions about federalism. KP will support candidates expected to promote federalism beyond May 2019,” said Doris Isubal-Mongaya, lead convenor of KP Visayas.
KP-Visayas co-convenor lawyer Rex JMA Fernandez said that a shift to a federal form of government was an advocacy pushed by then Mayor Duterte during the 2016 campaign.
However, the federalism campaign hit obstacles. KP arose from the broad movement of supporters mobilized during the 2016 presidential campaign under the Duterte Campaign Team organized by then national campaign manager and later Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. He filed his certificate of candidacy for governor of Bohol last week.
KP Visayas now has over 300,000 members spread across the three Visayas regions.
“A number of members ran and won during the last barangay elections in Cebu and the rest of the Visayas,” said Rodrigo Tanza Jr., Lead Convenor, KP Region 7, and Josephus Grengia, chairman, KP Cebu Province.
“We can make a huge difference now by mobilizing our membership for pro-federalism candidates,” Mongaya said.
Kilusang Pagbabago Visayas (from) left) Josephus Grengia, chairman, KP Cebu Province, Rodrigo Tanza Jr. Lead Convenor, KP Region 7, Atty. Rex JMA Fernandez, Co-convenor, KP Visayas, and Doris Isubal-Mongaya, Visayas lead convenor, face members of Cebu media during a press conference last October 23, 2018, at Palm Grass Hotel in downtown Cebu City.
Emmanuel Mongaya writes mainly about local politics in his Bisaya-language column titled PANAHOM in Superbalita. He also blogs and serves as administrator for “Maghisgot Kitag Politika Bay,” Cebu’s dynamic political community in Facebook. He is a member of the Political Officers League of the Philippines (POLPHIL). These he juggles with his job as Chief Digital Officer of PRworks Inc., the Mongaya family business.