Palawan’s political leaders said recently their decision to join the administration PDP-Laban recently was a recognition of their support to the Duterte administration’s push for federalism.
“Tayo dito sa lalawigan ng Palawan ay talagang sang-ayon dito sa federalism. Ang pagsama natin dito ay pagsama din natin sa pinaglalaban ng ating Pangulo,” said Acosta.
On July 12, almost all political leaders from the 23 municipalities of Palawan and City of Puerto Princesa took their oath as a member of PDP-Laban led by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.
Acosta expressed hope their allegiance to the PDP-Laban will help gather support from the administration party on their plan to create a Palawan region composed of several provinces
“Ang core principle kasi ng PDP is for federalism. Our move is to divide Palawan (into several provinces) to become a federal state. Magkalapit lamang ang objectives pero may posibilidad naman na mapabilis,” Acosta said.
“Medyo malapit lang doon sa paniniwala ng partido patungkol sa pederalismo at syempre may inclined din sa kagustuhan ng ating mga kasamahan sa sanggunian na hatiin ang lalawigan,” he added.
Acosta clarified that their joining the PDP-Laban will not be affected the local administration party Partidong Pagbabago ng Palawan (PPP). He pointed out that under Commission of Election rules, every candidate is entitled to have a local or provincial party and he is also allowed to have a national party.
“In fact, sa rule ng Comelec entitled ang candidate ay magkaroon ng Local party at pwede siyang magkaroon ng national party which in our case PPP and PDP,” he said.