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Rody defends political dynasties

Amid claims that he is not a “traditional politician” or a “Trapo,” President Duterte yesterday defended political dynasties.

Mr. Duterte, 72, said he finds nothing wrong with families joining government, claiming that people, especially in the provinces, are supportive of such politicians.
“Nobody can really stop political dynasties. You cannot stop the people from electing them,” the Chief Executive said in a speech before newly appointed government officials in Malacañang.
Mr. Duterte admitted that he belongs to a political dynasty.
Presidential children are currently occupying the two highest positions in his family’s turf in Davao City.
His daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio is the incumbent Davao City mayor while Paolo Duterte, the President’s eldest son, is vice mayor.
The Duterte patriarch argued that he and his daughter do not actually want to occupy government posts but said that the people of Davao are the ones asking them to run.
“I am not after power. But you ask the people in Davao. They are demanding that we run,” he said.
Mr. Duterte’s late father Vicente Duterte used to be the provincial governor of the then-undivided Davao province. He also served as former President Ferdinand Marcos’ General Services secretary.
The 1987 Philippine Constitution is explicitly against political dynasties.
Article II Section 26 of the Constitution states: “The State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service, and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law.”
Despite the provision in the Constitution, no law has been passed concerning the status of political dynasties in the Philippines. The closest explicit mention of political dynasties in Philippine law can be seen in Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code, where Book I, Title Two, Chapter 1, Section 43 states the term limit of local government officials.
However, it does not include any limitations on the running of the incumbent’s family relations or on the holding of multiple political positions by members of the same family.
The latest legislation attempt on political dynasties was done by Sen. Franklin Drilon with Senate Bill 230 filed July last year.
Drilon’s bill “bans any person within the prohibited civil degree of relationship to the incumbent to succeed to the position of the latter.”
The issue of political dynasties is also lodged by critics opposing Mr. Duterte’s plan to push for Federalism saying that it might embolden political clans in regions.

1 comment

  • gthr

    That is not the problem. The problem is when the comelec, the system of governance will see to it that only the trapos and their families can run. Others are conveniently disqualified as "nuisance candidates". With only the thieves in position (trapos) to ransack and plunder the country together with their frats and political parties, they are the only one who can buy the comelec. They paid and took effort and risks (of getting caught plundering) to get the position, naturally they try to regain they capital and a bit more.

    Where is the wise voter's choice, among the evils and the devil?

    And so this "democratic exercise" becomes a lucrative comelec business exercise, while stabilizing and securing the status quo for the trapos, greedy business, oligarchs, all the evil things on the world in stupid country. Ensuring that this subhumans alone can rule or enslve and abuse the country, fed them drugs, inject them with pathogens, sell them as slaves and prostitutes...

    Is this good or bad? sad? hopeless? bleak future? Don't we see any need to change this perpetual situation or what?

    gthr Thursday, 07 December 2017 16:12 Comment Link

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