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Palace backs anti-dynasty bill

 

By GENALYN KABILING

Manila, Philippines – The end of political dynasties in the country may finally be near.

Malacañang has thrown its support for the passage of a measure that will meet a constitutional provision
that prohibits political dynasties in the country.

Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. agreed that a measure dismantling the political dynasties is one of the reforms advocated during the 1986 Edsa People Power revolution.

“The country has long been waiting for such reform, which started since the Edsa People Power revolution that became the basis of the 1987 Constitution,” Coloma said in Filipino over state-run DZRB.

“The present administration abides by the principles and reforms of Edsa People Power,” Coloma added.

Coloma however noted that they would like to see the final version of the proposed anti-dynasty law amid ongoing debates in Congress.

“We must listen to the voices of the lawmakers, who have also been elected by the people, and see the final shape of the anti-dynasty bill,” he said.

The 1987 Constitution prohibits political dynasties but requires an enabling law to enforce it. None of the Congresses since 1987 however was able to pass an anti-dynasty law.

Recently however, a House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms has unanimously approved an anti-political dynasty bill. The measure seeks to prevent relatives of an incumbent official up to the second degree of consanguinity or affinity from running for national or local post in successive, simultaneous or overlapping terms.

Since many lawmakers have relatives in office, it is however expected the anti-dynasty proposal will face rough sailing in the plenary debates.

President Aquino himself belongs to a prominent family that has dominated local politics. His parents, the late Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. and the late President Corazon Aquino, are famous democracy icons while his cousin, Bam Aquino, was recently elected senator in the last May elections.

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