Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Political Dynasties

Family dynasties had always been in the Philippine political landscape, taking its roots from the aristocratic families during the Spanish and American period.

I heard from a very credible source that by 2040, 70 percent of the Philippines' local government units (LGUs) could by dynastic in the political sense. Whoa. The same source quoted an AIM study citing that today, the LGUs are already close to 50 percent dynastically governed. History will tell us that political dynasties  are directly proportional to the poverty situation.

What happened to Senate Bill 2649, the Anti-Dynasty Bill filed by the late Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago? It was supposed to give flesh and teeth to the principle enshrined in our  1987 Constitution of the Philippines, which states in Article II Section 26, that "The State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service, and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law."     

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