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Would Philippine Congress finally pass bill banning political dynasties?

 

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Malacañang is optimistic that Congress will pass a bill banning political dynasties in the country even though many lawmakers belong to prominent political families in their home provinces.

 

Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said the record of Congress in passing important measures such as reproductive health law boosts the hope and confidence of the Palace about the fate of the anti-dynasty law.

 

“Bigyan po natin ng pagkakataon ang ating mga mambabatas na ipakita na sila ay may kakayahan na magpasa ng mga mainam at kapaki-pakinabang na mga batas {Let us give our lawmakers a chance to show their competence in passing important laws],” Coloma told reporters in the Palace.

 

“Kung rerepasuhin po natin ang record ng Kongreso sa ilalim ng—na kasabay sa panunungkulan ng Aquino administration, hindi po ba ‘yung Sin Tax Reform Law ay matagal ng tinatalakay noong mga nakaraang administrasyon at Kongreso, ngunit nabuo lang dito sa kasalukuyang administrasyon. Hindi po ba matagal na ring nagpapanukala ng Reproductive Health Bill, ngayon lang po natuloy [If we will review the record of Congress under the Aquino administration, the sin tax reform law was passed into law after a long time of deliberations. The reproductive health bill was also pending for a long time until it was approved recently],” he added.

 

Just last week, Coloma pointed out that Congress also passed two vital economic bills that have been pending for years. These are the  Republic Act No. 10667 or the Philippine Competition Act of 2015 and the Republic Act No. 10668 or amendments to the 50-year-old Cabotage Law.

 

“Baka po ‘yang mga kongkretong manipestasyon na ‘yan ay dapat magbigay sa atin ng dagdag na kumpiyansa at pag-asa na ang atin pong mga halal na mambabatas ay binigbigyan ng sapat na atensyon ‘yung mataas na prayoridad na makakabuti sa pinakamaraming mamamayan [Maybe these concrete manifestation will give us increased confidence and hope that our elected lawmakers will give attention and high priority to measures that will benefit many people],” he added.

 

In his final State of the Nation Address (SONA) last Monday, the President said it was now time to pass anti-political dynasty bill in the country to prevent the monopoly of power by certain families.

At present, the Constitution prohibits political dynasties but an enabling law must be passed to implement such provision.

 

“There used to be a time when I was against depriving a person the right to run for office, just because he had a famous family name. Why would we pass legislation to stop a person who really wants to be a public servant?” Aquino said.

 

“But I have realized: There is something inherently wrong in giving a corrupt family or individual the chance at an indefinite monopoly of public office,” he added.

 

Last year, the President said he was willing to support the anti-political dynasty bill if it was doable.

 

Asked what prompted Aquino to change his mind on the anti-dynasty bill, Coloma said the President often listens to the concerns of the people, his bosses.

 

“Sa aking pakiwari ay naririnig niya na lumalakas ‘yung kahilingan o ‘yung pagnanasa na tukuyin na ito o umpisahan nang tukuyin ito dito sa nalalabing sesyon ng ating Kongreso [To my understanding,  he listens to the growing clamor to address the issue, start tackling the issue in the remaining session of Congress],” Coloma said. With the Manila Bulletin

 

What do you think? Do you think the present Congress would pass the anti-dynasty bill knowing that it would already seal the future of their families? Share you thoughts and be heard!

 

 

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