WHETHER you were pink or red, red or white, and whatever there were during the May 2022 elections campaign, the turnout wiped out political color distinctions and led only to one glaring reality -- further entrenchment of the country’s ruling political dynasties.

Familiar faces, names and the same political dynasties, now dominate Malacañang, Congress, Senate and the provinces. They expanded vertically and horizontally.

According to the Center for People Empowerment in Governance (Cenpeg), of the total number of major political families that dominated the 2022 elections, 88 are in Luzon, 31 in the Visayas and 44 in Mindanao

Cognizant of how they run government as if it is the extension of their businesses, and political cover for their extra politico-economic activities, with tokenism of social services often to their favored political base, this means, most Filipinos will remain marginalized in life, and from exercising their democratic rights to suffrage and governance.

Earlier, researches made by Ibon Foundation and Cenpeg showed strong correlation between low Human Development Indices (HDI) in income, health, education and services, and dominance of political dynasties in a province. The correlation is strongest in smaller and island provinces with less access to media and established centers of trade and commerce such as big cities and urban centers.

In the case of Negros, the triumph of BBM-Sara signals one thing only – the consolidation of old family and political dynasties rekindled by their ties to the Marcoses, Benedictos and Arroyos.

Palanca-Bantug-Benitez family dynasty, known to be a part of Marcos circle of cronies, who ruled Victorias and Third District for two decades or more, will now strengthen their domination of northern Negros and the highly urbanized city of Bacolod, with solid BBM supporter Albee Benitez having won the city mayoralty, and his brother Congressman Kiko Benitez won reelection, and Albee’s son Javi who won mayoralty of Victorias City.

Billionaire Albee Benitez gambling and entertainment conglomerates and expanded holdings in mass media will see more actions in the city in the years to come.

Second District and some portions of First District will likely remain under the control of the Marañon/Escalante and their circle of kin and buddies.

Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer, whose wife Juliet is the granddaughter of Marcos crony and banker Roberto Benedicto, and daughter of television producer and director Kitchie

Benedicto-Paulino, will lord it over the First District.

With Cojuangcos gone, Ferrer and the Benedicto clan, the Arroyos and the Alvarez family dynasties will likely dominate the whole of southern Negros. But even with the defeat of the Zayco clan in Kabankalan City, it is likely a temporary one, given the capacity of the clan to bounce back.

Negros Oriental will now be under the entrenched rule of the Teves family dynasty after defeating incumbent governor Degamo and his political circle.

These dynasties have ruled Negros for decades and caused the wide and sharp class divide between a handful few of landed and business elites and the vast army of landless and powerless workers, farmers, odd-jobbers and marginalized middle class.

The same dynasties have fueled the rise of powerful armed insurgency and working-class and youth-led protest movements in the 70s to 90s.

These dynasties renewed a powerful connection with the ruling power in Malacanang, it is likely they will be emboldened to do whatever they want, and get whatever they like.

With these dynasties also more well-placed in local governance than ever before, future elections will be dominated by arrangements and appointments among them, including the division of local spoils from the implementation of full devolution with a bigger budget for local government units (LGUs) starting this year.

Indeed, stories and analysis that elections in the Philippines have never been a level playing field are true, as results are decided by political dynasties, and with their recent mastery of control of the automated voting counting machines –- as demonstrated by recent elections.

In this regard, the anti-tyranny and anti-dynasty democratic movements alongside basic sectors movements, are facing uphill battles in the next six years or more.

Adding to their problems is the growing reactionary mass movement being drawn and muscled up by the ruling administration under its line of organized and well-orchestrated campaigns of disinformation and distortion of historical facts about Marcos' two decades of fascist authoritarian rule and state of governance in the country.

But for the democratic movement, this calls for a fight on all fronts, all levels and forms, using mass movements and advanced information technology systems, guided by a simple platform of passion for truth, humanism and patriotism.