Senate prepares anti-political dynasty provision

Senate prepares anti-political dynasty provision

The Consultative Committee

MANILA, Philippines — The Consultative Committee (ConCom) still has to address several details of the anti-political dynasty provision in the proposed amendments to the Constitution.

According to a member of the ConCom, former Senate President Nene Pimentel, there remain questions on whether children, as well as husbands and wives of incumbent politicians, should be prohibited from running for office.

“We should include in the definition, the relationship of public officials and mistresses,” said Pimentel.

The proposal is similar to the anti-dynasty bill filed in the Senate by the Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes chairman Senator Francis Pangilinan.

The bill might be incorporated in the proposed amendments to the Constitution.

“Up to the second degree is the prohibition whether they will run simultaneously, or interchangeably,” said Pangilinan.

Meanwhile, people in the academe are against a no-election scenario in 2019.

The possible postponement of the polls surfaced due to the discussions in Congress to postpone anew the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

It can be noted there are proposals to reschedule the polls from May 14 to October 18 to pave way for the proposed federalism.

“First, this power grab is damaging democracy since Filipino voters will be deprived for one legislative term,” said University of the Philippines assistant professor of political science Gene Pilapil.

Senator Pangilinan is also not in favor of the said proposal.

“It’s too tight and hindi dapat sigurong madaliin ito kung charter change ang pinag-uusapan at pwersahan ng October. Palagay ko malaking disservice ito sa ating mamamayan,” said Pangilinan.

(It’s too tight and the charter change should not be fast-tracked. I think this is a huge disservice to the public.) — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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