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Duterte vows to decentralize to bring wealth to regions

Philippine leader pushes constitutional change to promote rural growth

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his State of the Nation address at the House of Representatives in Quezon city, Metro Manila on Monday.   © Reuters

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday endorsed a proposal to change the Philippine constitution and decentralize the national government's powers to spread economic growth to the countryside.

Duterte, in his third annual state of the nation address, sought support from Filipinos in his bid to revise the constitution and restructure the Philippine leadership into a federal government from a centralized structure.

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