No lawmaker will file anti-dynasty bill-A A +A
Thursday, March 7, 2013
SENATORIAL candidate Mitos Magsaysay of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) believed that no Congress will pass the anti-dynasty law because most of the senators and congressmen have sisters, brothers, and relatives in the local government unit.
“Bakit ako magpapaka-ipokrito na ipapasa ang anti-dynasty law? Walang maglakas-loob na magpapasa niyan,” she said last Saturday.
Magsaysay said there should be a supposed experiment in the 1987 Constitution wherein lawmakers laid down in concrete term what dynasty is, who is allowed and who is not considered as dynasty and what is meant by dynasty.
With this, the senatoriable is calling for a constitutional convention and let the people pass for the amendment of the 1987 Constitution through ConCon instead of those elected official.
“Dapat mga tao ang papasa at hindi kaming mga nakaupo na elected official para maiwasan ang conflict of interest,” Magsaysay said.
Furthermore, she blamed dynasty trend to the term limit as currently followed based in the 1987 Constitution.
“Di gaya noong araw na walang term limit kuntento na ‘yung mga political families na tatay lang nila ang nakaupo sa puwesto,” Magsaysay added.
For his part, reelectionist Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, of Team PNoy emphasized that corruption is the real problem in the Philippines and not dynasty.
He likewise urged that there should be an in-depth analysis as to the root cause of the problem in the country, instead of focusing on issue base.
“May mga elected official na walang kamag-anak sa gobiyerno pero napakakurap naman. Bakit, kung mawawala ba lahat ng dynasty sa bansa, uunlad ang Pilipinas?” Cayetano said on Monday.
Meanwhile, another senatorial candidate Benigno Paolo Aquino, of Team PNoy and cousin of President Benigno Aquino stated that he is proud of what his relatives has done especially in serving the people, thus inspired him to follow the footsteps of his late Tito Benigno Aquino Jr., and former President Corazon Aquino.
“Hindi ako nandito dahil meron kaming kasakiman sa kapangyarihan but manilbihan sa bayan dahil ang mga kamag-anak ko na nagdaan sa politika ay mga taong nagsisilbi sa bayan,” he added.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 07, 2013.