The Consultative Committee
MANILA, Philippines — After deliberating for three days, the Consultative Committee (ConCom) has finally come up with a provision that will ban political dynasties in the new Constitution.
Under the proposal, relatives of an incumbent official are prohibited to run for the same position.
These include parents, siblings, children, grandchildren, and grandparents.
If simultaneously running, relatives are limited to only two positions — one in the national and another in the regional or local.
The members of committee unanimously voted to adopt the provision, even if some of them belong to political families.
“I can claim to be a capital of a political dynasty and my family is no exception,” said ConCom member Atty. Ali Balindong. “I support the banning of political dynasties in this country,” he added.
On the other hand, ConCom member Atty. Ferdinand Bocobo said, “Political dynasties indirectly and silently threatens the national security, particularly in the political, social and economic dimensions.”
On a similar note, ConCom member, Atty. Randolph Parcasio said, “I vote no to political dynasties. I vote yes to obliterate it in the political scene in our country.”
For some of the committee members, this is already a victory.
But they know they are courting the ire of political families.
“Of course, it might affect current political players but our mandate is to come out with a provision that will effectively address the issue,” said ConCom member and De La Salle University (DLSU) Dean Julio Teehankee.
Retired Chief Justice Reynato Puno said that it is very important to have a prohibition on political dynasties before the country shifts to the federal system.
“It ought to be self-evident that the constituent units of the federation cannot successfully exercise these rights to self-rule and shared rule if their government has been captured by political dynasties,” said Puno.
The only concern now is whether or not Congress will adopt the proposal considering most of the legislators are members of political families. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue
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