Gusto na magsarili! Bistek wants Metro Manila to be a “state”

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Quezon City Herbert “Bistek” Bautista is studying the possibility of making Metro Manila an autonomous state just like the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

Bautista said in a news report that the Quezon City government and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) have signed a memorandum of agreement “to study the creation of Metro Manila into a state.”

“So, we have already started interviewing [people]. We have interviewed Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Danny Lim on his observations, and to know what Metro Manila needs,” the politiko said.

Bautista has been pushing for the autonomy and independence of the National Capital Region since last year to streamline the management of its public institutions like that of the ARMM and CAR.

Bautista said he hopes to finish the study by the end of April.

“We will be submitting it first to President Rodrigo Duterte, then to the House of Representatives,” he said.