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Political dynasties: bane or boon?


The committee on suffrage and electoral reforms of the House of Representatives recently approved a bill prohibiting political dynasties. Titled “Anti-Political Dynasty Act,” the bill seeks to enforce Art. II, Sec. 28 of the Constitution: “The State shall guarantee equal opportunities for public service and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law.”

Posted: December 7th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Evaluate candidates carefully, junk the dynasts


Only two days before Election Day. We go to the polls to cast our vote for 12 senators, two representatives (one per legislative district, one party-list), a mayor, a vice mayor, and councilors (6 to 12, depending on the municipality/city).

Posted: May 10th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Don’t vote for members of political dynasties


It is exactly one week to election day but many voters, believe it or not, are still not certain whom to vote for, judging from the many queries I and fellow journalists get. It is really difficult to choose the right candidates for next Monday’s elections because of the general lack of qualifications and the abundance of factors that disqualify many of them, or at least make them not worthy of our votes.

Posted: May 5th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

An oligarchy in charge


In our country ruled by an oligarchy, the political dynasties in most of our provinces enjoy a monopoly of electoral power, to the disadvantage of rival leaders and the general public. “An anarchy of families,” says American political scientist Alfred McCoy.

Posted: May 3rd, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Emperor of the Philippines for a day


Somebody asked me yesterday (Thursday) if I have written anything on dynasties. Of course, he was referring to local political dynasties and their kind running in the coming elections, but I associate dynasties with the ancient Chinese ceramics of: Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming or Ching.

Posted: May 2nd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Independents on dynasties, pork barrel, Cha-Cha


It is so uplifting to interview independent candidates because they have fresh and sensible ideas to solve the nation’s myriad problems, unlike the trapo of the two main political coalitions who mouth clichés and motherhood statements. Three such independent candidates were the guests at last Monday’s Kapihan sa Manila at the Diamond Hotel: Eddie Villanueva of the Jesus is Lord Movement and JC de los Reyes of the Kapatiran Party, senatorial candidates both, and Steve Salonga, independent candidate for governor of Rizal.

Posted: April 30th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Dynasty, RH stand crucial for Senate bets


Sharp exchanges punctuated the debate among the senatorial candidates on what to do to implement the constitutional ban on political dynasties, the topic of the third and final episode of the Inquirer Senate Forum held in Cebu City on Friday.

Posted: April 29th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

About political dynasties


The campaign against political dynasties is on full blast. Nothing will come out of it.

Posted: April 28th, 2013 in Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Dynasties show sad state of Philippine democracy

Political dynasties are out to dominate the May 13 elections which are just days away. We the electors share the blame for choosing leaders who belong to politically entrenched families whose main objective is to keep their stranglehold on government.

Posted: April 26th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

The problem of family politics


For better or worse, all is in the family. In politics, it is definitely for worse as it defeats the democratic idea of merit and competition. If running for political office depends on a political family, and if representatives from the same families are elected time and time again, then something is broken and needs to be fixed. But what exactly is that something? Before we can fix it, we need to understand it. Marx might be right, that philosophers have only interpreted the world in different ways; the point, however, is to change it. But maybe many of our suggested changes failed to work because we have not spent enough time on analysis.

Posted: April 22nd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Certified urgent

While the avowed focus of the 1st Inquirer Senate Forum last Wednesday was the inner workings of the Senate, the three former and four incumbent senators who accepted the invitation spent more time discussing pressing issues, including the hot-button topic of political dynasties.

Posted: April 11th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Political dynasties and the art of the possible


Whether or not political dynasties should endure has become a heated issue particularly in this election season, but the surrounding ruckus has drowned out valuable insights in understanding the phenomenon in the context of pushing the country forward.

Posted: April 11th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »



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