SC reiterates decision vs petitions challenging political dynasties

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Monday, February 10, 2014

MANILA -- The Supreme Court (SC) maintained that it will not order the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to bar political dynasties from participating in elections.

In junking a petition filed by Enrique Bulan, Antonio Igcalinos, Alexander Lacson at Jose Tabada, the SC said on January 28 that the Comelec did not commit grave abuse of discretion when it refused to outlaw political families.

The SC also rejected similar petitions filed last year by a group led by former Vice President Teofisto Guingona Jr., losing senatorial candidate Ricardo Penson and taxpayer Louis Biraogo.

The Court ruled that Section 26, Article II of the Constitution is a "non-self-executing provision, requiring as it does the legislative act of Congress to define what 'political dynasties' are and to prescribe the scope and limits of such prohibition." (Sunnex)

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