By Karim Raslan
Philippine President Aquino is a dynast who means what he says.
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.