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The good news: The antidynasty bill pending in the House of Representatives has hurdled the committee level—the first time for such a development. To understand why it can qualify as a minor miracle, consider that as much as 70 percent of the members of the current Congress are products of political dynasties. The antidynasty provision present in the Constitution since 1986 has not been fleshed out all this time, simply because legislators will not commit self-immolation by enacting a law that would gut their families’ reliable power base.
For the first time in living memory, a bill seeking the abolition of political dynasties has cleared the first legislative hurdle: committee approval. The next hurdle is considerable: a debate on the floor, to be conducted mostly by disapproving political dynasts. Good luck with that.
By Neal H. Cruz
The presidential campaign in 2016 may be a battle of curious, amusing, weird, and repetitious names. It could be a battle between Bong and Bongbong, or among Money, Money, and Money.
Two things are booming in our country: the economy, and political dynasty. The first is a hero; the second a villain, a growing pain that’s disliked and detested by many.
Naaawa ako sa Pilipinas (I pity the Philippines). Because of political dynasties, graft and corruption, and voters who vote with their feelings instead of their head and who can be bought with a few measly pesos, we have have elected officials who, as they become richer, are leading our country and people deeper into economic morass.
By Neille Gwen de la Cruz
Just when the Philippines is about to rise, it is afflicted by another ailment—the rule of political dynasties, where spouses, siblings, offspring and other family members take turns at government posts, effectively blocking democratic representation.
By Solita Collas-Monsod
An ego as big as all outdoors. And an unfamiliarity with the parameters of accuracy. Those are two reasons one can think of that would explain Commission on Elections Chair Sixto Brillantes’ pronouncements.
By Juan L. Mercado
“Ah, the chill of consciousness returns,” the poetic drunk Uncle Seamus would groan after a bender the night before. Morning after the May 13 elections, what do we wake up to?
By Neal H. Cruz
THREE DAYS to Election Day. Are you prepared for it? Here are a few practical do’s and don’ts for voters:
By Oscar Franklin Tan
The rising consciousness against political dynasties may become ironic. We are laudably critical, asking candidates to present more than a famous surname. Some propose, however, to boycott anyone branded a dynast, credentials or none. To quote Obi-Wan Kenobi, “Only a Sith deals in absolutes.” Paulo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV is the perfect case study. To [...]
By Neal H. Cruz
If you ask senatorial candidates if they are for or against political dynasties, many of them, including those who are actual members of dynasties, will say they will vote for bills abolishing dynasties, no doubt knowing the strong opposition of the general populace to them. Dynasty members will add, however, “but first we must define what is a political dynasty.”
By Conrado de Quiros
Dynasty was the issue in the Inquirer debate held in Cebu and the participants were pretty animated.