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Monday, January 21, 2019

Con-Com decides to regulate, not ban, political dynasties

THE Consultative Committee (Con-Com) created by President Rodrigo Duterte to review the 1987 Constitution has decided to regulate, not ban, political dynasties.

During its en banc session held Monday, March 12, in Pasay City, the Con-Com agreed to recommend regulating political dynasties.

Malacañang said there was nothing wrong with the plan of the Con-Com to regulate political dynasties under the proposed federal state.

Speaking to Palace reporters, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. echoed the President's previous statement that political dynasties are not always bad for the country.

"The sentiment of the President itself is he does not consider political dynasties as bad per se. He has said that sometimes, they can lead to good results," he said.

The President earlier expressed opposition to any move that would prohibit political dynasties in the country, saying that anti-dynasty provision is a restriction of the public's freedom to choose their leaders.

“I agree with you that dynasties are bad but sometimes it can be for the better,” the President said during a business summit in Pasay City.

Duterte, whose daughter, Sara, is Davao City mayor, and son, Paolo, was Davao City vice mayor, said in a speech delivered early March that political dynasties can sometimes be "for the better."

The 1987 Constitution prohibits political dynasties. An enabling law, however, must be passed to implement such provision.

Roque said the executive branch was looking forward to the Congress's openness to consider the Con-Com's proposal.

"But we respect and defer to the wisdom of the consultative commission. And we hope that Congress will consider this particular recommendation," Roque said. (SunStar Philippines)
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