Davao City Mayor Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte on Monday continued to push for a federal form of government during the PDP-Laban's formal proclamation of his presidency.
"Nothing short of a federal structure can give peace in Mindanao. Believe me, I came from there," he said.
"Our destiny in Mindanao is not decided by us. It is decided by the people in Manila... If there are failures in the talks, ang patayan sa Mindanao," he added.
In his speech, Duterte said that when he first read the draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, he knew that it would not pass.
He also gave a background on the struggles of the Moro people, which started when the Spaniards colonized the Philippines hundreds of years ago.
Duterte added that the differences between the Moro people and the Christians in the Philippines make it even more apt to push for federalism.
He said that the advocacy of shifting the country to federalism was passed on to him by Sen. Aquilino Pimentel Jr., founding member of PDP-Laban and former Cebu governor Emilio Mario "Lito" Osmeña.
"Kinausap ako to carry the torch of federalism kasi sabi nila matanda na sila. Nagbigay sila sa akin ng funding, iyong mga may pera dyan sa Mindanao binigyan ako ng konting pera at nag-ikot ako. All along in every event, every meeting, I have been telling you that it is federal," Duterte said.
"We have to go federal," he reiterated, adding that the Philippines can copy the federal systems in England, France or even Malaysia.