Super-rich nations like China will buy and gobble up lands and make Filipinos squatters in their homeland if foreigners would be allowed to own lands in the Philippines.
For this, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he would oppose any move by Congress to amend the economic provisions of the Constitution to include right of foreigners to own lands.
Nevertheless, in the Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa television program on ABS/CBN, Duterte said he welcomed Charter Change as an avenue for pushing the concept of federalism.
If there will be Charter Change we will push our proposal to shift to a federal form of government, said Duterte, who on December 1 convened in Davao City a summit of about 600 advocates of federalism.
Duterte’s phobia against amending the economic provisions of the Constitution to allow aliens to own lands, dates back to the administration of then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo when then House Speaker Prospero Nograles authored a resolution allowing foreigners to own land.
Duterte widely used the “anti-poor” Nograles resolution in the 2010 Davao City election where the then House Speaker lost by more than 280,000 votes in the mayoral race against Sara Duterte, the mayor’s daughter.
The resolution was one of measures hurriedly introduced and on verge of approval before the Nograles House bowed out of office in 2010.
The Nograles resolution was not approved following strong opposition from farmers groups which held nationwide mass actions against the measure.