“junk the dynasts”

11 May 2013

The case against political dynasties, after all, is very strong. First is the constitutional issue. Article II, Section 26 of the Constitution explicitly prohibits political dynasties. That Congress, as it provides, has not as yet defined what a political dynasty is by law shouldn’t matter to us voters. We should just use our own definition.

Second are the political issues—dynasties have made a mockery of the constitutional provision on term limits; dynasties and political warlordism go hand in hand (dynasts are the modern-day feudal lords).

And finally, there are the socioeconomic aspects: The empirical evidence clearly shows a significant relationship between political dynasties and lower per capita incomes, higher incidence of poverty, and lower human development indices (specifically, lower primary elementary completion rates) in their areas. If that isn’t disempowering and marginalizing, I don’t know what is.

Not to mention that members of political dynasties in Congress are wealthier (as evidenced by their statements of assets, liabilities and net worth) than their nondynast colleagues —which makes sense, because think of all the government resources that the combined efforts of dynasties can command. Dynasties do not go hand in hand with protecting public resources, reducing corruption, or complying with laws—which form part of the Ethics criteria in the MGG scorecard.

~ Winnie Monsod

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14 Responses to “junk the dynasts”

  1. May 11, 2013 at 10:56 pm
    manuel buencamino

    Dati kailangan blue blood para maging hari, ngayon naman, ayun kay Winnie, pag may blue blood bawal maging hari.

    Meron na ngang elecksyon kung saan binigyan ng poder ang mamamayan mamili ng kanilang hari ibabalik pa ni Winnie at mangingibabaw na naman ulit ang bloodline sa will of the people?

    Ayaw niya ng elected dynasties, if we define dynasties as rule by one group of people as belonging to one family, because marami nga namang dynasties na abusado at ang mga taong sakop nila ay walang freedom to choose. Pero meron din namang mga locality kung saan nagkakaroon ng dynasty kasi yun ang gusto ng mga mamamayan sa locality na iyon. Dapat galangin din natin ang kagustuhan nila.

    What I find objectionable about this anti-dynasty movement is the presumption that such a movement is necessary because the voters are too ignorant and too weak to exercise their power. I would rather have the anti-dynasty movement come from the ground up – from the barangay that wants to get rid of the kapitan’s dynasty to the mayor, the governor, and the congressman – and not from enlightened residents of Forbes Park, JoMao’s fans, and perennial losers.

    • May 11, 2013 at 11:03 pm
      manuel buencamino

      Kumbaga kung tiga-Maynila ka, huwag mo ng pakialaman ang mga mamamayan ng San Juan o Makati kasi hindi ka naman tiga-roon. Hayaan mo silang dumiskarte kung ano ang gusto nila sa kanilang ciudad. Don’t be a busy body, don’t poke your nose in other people’s business.

  2. May 13, 2013 at 3:43 pm
    BrianBro

    may libertarian, may liberal, may konserbatibong pagiisip tungkol dyan. ako dapat iban dahil liberal akong, yung totoong liberal. sabihin na natin di pa defined liberalismo sa pilipinas, yung sa akin eh yung klasikong liberalism ng Enlightenment.

  3. May 14, 2013 at 1:02 am
    jojie

    @mb :=).. I agree with your opinion.
    Biblicaly, in one of the theological studies on the interpretation of the Revelation or End-of-times I have attended, an analysis by Baptist scholars asserted that God has favored Monarchy as a form of government where the royal family will be more effective in running the political and social affairs of its citizens.
    Therefore, i think Manuel B. is right that we should retain our Sultanate system of dynastic rule in our country. As define by political scientist, “democracy is the rule of mob”, anachronistic and divisive. This is why the Philippines has failed, too many cooks or crooks spoil the broth.

    • May 14, 2013 at 1:16 am
      BrianB

      OO nga no, di pwede yung mga fake na datu datuan.

    • May 14, 2013 at 2:02 pm
      Bert

      Jojie, I recommend Erap Estrada as Sultan of Manila, Jinggoy Estrada and JV Ejercito Estrada as Sultan of the Senate, Guia Gomez (mother of JV) as Sultan of San Juan, and E. R. Ejercito as Sultan of Laguna. The Sultanate of Ilocos Sur could be led by Sultan Chavit Singson, Ilocos Norte by Sultan Imee Marcos or Sultan Imelda Marcos. Would be interesting to see what Sultanate is capable of ruling the whole Philippine Sultanate.

      • May 16, 2013 at 8:41 pm
        jojie

        If we will adopt the federated system proposed by former Sen. Nene Pimentel, we will have a federal form of govt incorporating the regional federated sultanate like the Malaysian federated govt. We don’t have to worry about whose royalty sultanate will dominate the govt but for sure each regional enclaves even the Imperial enclaves of the national capital region or Metro-Manila will be represented.

  4. May 14, 2013 at 1:45 pm
    Bert

    Ito, magpuputok na naman ang butsi lalo ni Mareng Winnie sa magiging bagong composition ng Senado…dalawang Ejercito-Estrada, dalawang Cayetano, dalawang Angara?, dalawang Villar?, at ito, intriga ito…dalawang Marcos, hehehehe.

    • May 14, 2013 at 2:50 pm
      BrianBro

      Di pwede mestizo o intsik sultan. Kano o Espanyol pwede pa dahil na sakop tayo. Mga switik di pwede maging hari.

    • May 14, 2013 at 6:05 pm
      manuel buencamino

      Basta hindi nandaya.

      Kumampanya ka laban sa kanila kung ayaw mo sila pero kung hindi mo sila kayang itumba sa pamamagitan ng halalan huwag mo naman gamitin ang batas para makuha mo ang gusto mo. Halalan lang ang tanging pamamaraan sa pagpili ng lider at representante. Magtiwala ka sa kapuwa mong mamamayan. Magpakita ka ng tiwala sa diskerte nila.

  5. May 14, 2013 at 5:59 pm
    manuel buencamino

    Bakit ba mas marunong pa kayo sa botante? Who anointed you as the Enlightened Ones?

    Don’t vote for dynasties if you don’t want them, pero don’t force your enlightened views on voters and have them do as you want by having a law enacted prohibiting them from exercising their right to choose their leaders and representatives. Ang yayabang naman ninyo, Puro kayo nagmamagaling.

    Kaya nga napakaluwag ng qualifications for candidates and voters sa Constitution ay para sa ganun mas maraming pagpipilian ang mas maraming nakakaboto. Tapos lilimitahan ninyo ang pwedeng kumandidato. Limited democracy. Baka mamaya mag sulong na rin kayo ng katarantaduhan kung saan malilimitahan din ang pwedeng bumoto. Talagang democrazy na nga ang hahantungan natin.

    • May 15, 2013 at 6:06 am
      BrianB

      Maka-Erap ka ba nung panahon ni Erap?

      Maka-Poe ka ngayon?

      Limited na ang democracy kung ganitong puro pera at network lang.

      • May 15, 2013 at 11:38 am
        manuel buencamino

        BrianB,

        Hindi. Contra-Erap ako mula sa simula. At hindi din ako maka Fernando Poe. Pero maka Grace Poe ako dahil maganda ang performance niya sa debate, napakita niya ang kanyang talino at pakikiramay. At pinakita din niya na alam niya kung ano ang malinis at madumi noong hindi siya sumama sa UNA.

        Nga pala meron din ilang matitibay na dynasty na nabuwag kahit walang anti-dynasty law. Magtiwala kayo kasi sa wisdom ng botante, galangin ninyo sila. Sila ang gagawa ng solusyon diyan sa mga dynasty, hindi ang isang batas na tatanggal ng karapatan nilang pumili at humusga sa mga kandidato.

  6. May 14, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    “Day after delirium” by Juan L. Mercado http://opinion.inquirer.net/52575/day-after-delirium

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