Not Manila any longer? Lawyer hints at possible new PH capital under federal government

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  • A member of charter change consultative panel hinted at possibly changing the country’s capital under the proposed federal government
  • Roan Libarios said the administrative center could be transferred to either Clark or Cebu
  • Roque said the decision to change the capital remains in the power of Congress

MANILA, Philippines – A veteran lawyer and a member of the consultative committee on charter change hinted at possibly changing the country’s capital from city of Manila to any other urban city under the proposed federal government.

In an interview with ANC, Atty. Roan Libarios said the cha-cha panel has not yet decided on whether to retain Manila as the country’s capital since there is no such mandate in the proposed charter.

“We have not decided on a federal capital. We are open to proposals. Just like in other countries, puwedeng iba ang capital, puwedeng iba ‘yung admin and commercial center,” explained Libarios.

Libarios said that while the administrative center could be transferred to other major cities like Cebu, or to Clark in Pampanga which would be a better choice since this will decongest traffic in Metro Manila.

Cebu City is being considered| Public Domain image

In a statement on Tuesday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said there won’t be any problem in case the capital will be transferred to other parts of the country.

“That’s fine. Because with the President from Mindanao, siguro wala namang problema iyan at kung napapansin ninyo po mayroon nang ibang mga departamento na lumalabas na ng Maynila,” said Roque.

[Because with the President from Mindanao, there won’t be any problems since some departments are already outside Manila.]

However, Roque clarified the decision would still be up to the Congress.

“We have no problem with that. It will be Congress which will decide on that, since it should be determined by Congress,” the Palace official added.