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No such thing as a good political dynasty—senatoriable

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PASIG City, March 5, 2013—With the coming May elections seeing successors and would-be heirs to political families jockeying for public office, one senatoriable claims, “There is no such thing as a ‘good’ political dynasty.” 

In a talk during a youth vote forum for University of Asia and the Pacific students last Wednesday, Ang Kapatiran senatoriable Lito David said, all political dynasties are designed to control the flow of information, resources, and the process of legislation and policy-making. 

According to David, the undeniable might of the Filipino ‘political family’ traces its roots back to the Marcos regime. 

‘Greatest frustration’ 

“The cronyism of the Marcos regime was replaced by the re-establishment of the oligarchy that Marcos sought to destroy…They have become more vicious. We call them political dynasties,” he explained, saying this rise of a powerful elite defined by family ties is the “greatest frustration” of Filipinos who suffered through martial law. 

David said, after working in the Lower House of Representatives for several years, he also got first-hand experience of how political dynasties throw their weight around. 

David, who is a radio commentator and political analyst, said it was common practice for legislators coming from political lineage to bully other congressmen’s staff to get hold of committee reports and somehow, influence their outcome. 

70% of Congress 

Political dynasties, according to David, can also be discussed “in an academic way” by looking at the statistics. 

He said, 70% of legislators in Congress are from political dynasties, quite a few are also in the Senate and even more of their family members are running in the upcoming elections, wanting to add a generation or two to clan-centric politics. 

David also talked about a move by Congress to have political dynasties banned, but defining what exactly a ‘political dynasty’ is proved to be quite challenging. 

Of GMRC and delicadeza 

In ending, he said, the issue of entire families holding sway in provinces and even urban areas is a matter of old school delicadeza. 

Kung ikaw ay isang pulitiko coming from a political dynasty at ang tatay mo nasa Senado, tatakbo ka pa ba?GMRC (good manners and right conduct) lang ‘yun (If you are a politician coming from a political dynasty and your father is in the Senate, will you still run? That’s simple GMRC,” he explained. 

Some 200 students attended the forum titled ‘On the Youth Vote: 2013 Elections Forum’. [Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz]

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One Response to No such thing as a good political dynasty—senatoriable

  1. CATHOLIC VOTE: @200K H4 85ET
    (85 Ecclesiastical Territories to produce 200,000 votes each )

    STRATEGY: With less cost, multiply rapidly and go large scale… nationwide
    1. BACKGROUND: From CBCP statement & newspaper reports

    CBCP: “It is the position the Church …We support and encourage the participation of the laity in electing competent and morally upright candidates who are faithful to their correct and informed conscience.”
    CBCP will support initiatives to choose ‘worthy candidates’

    CBCP also is in interested of the Catholic Vote


    The Catholic Vote may start dividing the Senatoriables into ‘DEATHS CANDIDATES’ and ‘PRO-LIFE CANDIDATES’

    How to do this?

    Send survey forms/questionnaires re their stand on issues involving DEATHS concerns (Divorce, Euthanasia, Abortion(RHB), Total Reproductive Health, Same sex marriage and Sex Education), their willingness to AMEND the RH LAW and support the issues raised by CBCP 106th Plenary Assembly.

    PRO-LIFE CANDIDATES means ‘DO NOT SUPPORT ALL OF THE DEATHS issues, COMMIT TO AMEND THE RH LAW and support the issues raised by CBCP 106th Plenary Assembly.

    Once finished, come up with CATHOLIC’S PRO-LIFE CANDIDATES in which the Church machinery could rally behind.


    CBCP Website records about 85 ecclesiastical territories (arch/dioceses) nationwide (84 of 85 arch/bishops were present in the 106th CBCP Plenary Assembly).
    Granting that the 85 territories/dioceses could produce 200,000 each (or 17 million) votes for the Catholic Vote, then it would be a sure victory for the PRO-LIFE CANDIDATES.

    Or at the very least the DEATH CANDIDATES are deprived of the same number of votes (17 million).

    And this can win an election in 2016. Consider the last presidential election result:

    Benigno Aquino III -15,208,678 (42.08%); Joseph Estrada – 9,487,837 (26.25%);
    Manny Villar – 5,573,835 (15.42%); Gilberto Teodoro – 4,095,839 (11.33%)

    Remember, in May 2010 elections Sen. Bong Revilla topped and got 19,513,521 or 51.15%.

    Another option (2M @ 6H) that is, for the 2 million hard core pro-life catholics to convince at least 6 each (2 million x 6 = 12 million) enough to win a senate seat for the Church.

    In May 2010 elections, Teofisto Guingona III was last with 10,277,352 votes or 26.94%.

    National registered voters: 51,292,465 (May 2010 Elections)

    Having THIS as campaign platform: CBCP encourages Catholic Vote who in turn supports ‘WORTHY CANDIDATES’.

    Candidates means Senatoriables and congressmen. At the congressional district level (or Party List), 200K are already a swing votes for PRO-LIFE CANDIDATES.

    Put these candidates’ names in a tarpaulin in all parishes. Faith communities may contribute for the tarpaulin to be prominently displayed in parish grounds.

    Catholics must be PRO-ACTIVE. Ensure that those WHO will be elected are PRO-LIFE.

    March 6, 2013 at 3:07 pm

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