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Palace leaves it to Congress to decide on fate of dynasties in PH.

By Genalyn Kabiling

Malacanang has left to the "good conscience" of the two houses of Congress whether or not to pass a bill banning political dynasties in the country.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo has deferred to the lawmakers on the matter after some political dynasties won, while others lost, in the recent midterm elections.

"We will leave it to the members of Congress, to their good conscience, to whatever they think is good for this country," Panelo said during a Palace press briefing, when asked if the Palace would push for the passage of an anti-political dynasty bill.

At present, he noted that President Duterte believed that not all political dynasties are bad, and would rather let the people decide if they want them to lead their communities.

"Ang sinasabi niya yata roon, Pilipino pa rin ang magdi-decide. Kasi mayroong dynasty na maganda, mayroon ding dynasty na masama [He said in the past that it will be the Filipino who will decide because there are good dynasties and there are bad dynasties]," he said.

"We have seen how the Filipinos or the Filipino electorate has rejected dynasties which they feel and believe to be no longer fruitful sa kanila; hindi beneficial sa kanila kaya ni-reject nila [They are no longer beneficial they have been rejected]," he added.

Panelo was reacting to the victory of the President's three children in Davao City elections, as well as the Estradas' fall from power in the national and local polls last Monday.

He said the people tend to support dynasties if they are satisfied with their governance.

"Local elections have different dynamics. Sila lang ang nakakaalam doon with respect doon sa mga tinatawag na may dynasty, kung okay sa kanila iyong kanilang pamumuno sa panahon ng kanilang pamumuno eh siguradong ibuboto sila uli - ibabalik [The people are the ones who know the dynasties. If they are satisfied with their leadership, they will vote for them again]," he said.

"Pero kung hindi na sila naniniwala sa kanila ay talagang tatanggihan sila sa halalan. Iyon ang nangyari [But if they no longer believe in them, they will reject them in the elections. That's what happened]," he added.

At present, the Constitution prohibits political dynasties but an enabling law must be passed to implement such provision. Duterte previously said he was amenable to the abolition of political dynasties in the country but was skeptical if it will hurdle Congress.


Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN)

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Publication:Manila Bulletin
Date:May 14, 2019
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