Friday, August 23, 2019

Duterte amenable to anti-political dynasty

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, March 20, expressed support to the proposed abolition of political dynasties, but raised doubts whether such move would be accepted by the public.

Duterte's latest remark was contrary to his previous pronouncement that political dynasties can sometimes be "for the better."

"A few of the principled men, I would say, want this kind of thing about dynasty [to be] abolished. I am for it. The problem is, will it pass?" the President, whose two children also secured posts in government, told municipal mayors.

"Here [in our country], when your [term] ends, they would ask for your son or your wife [to run]," he added.

The President then cited his case when his daughter, incumbent Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, replaced him after holding the same position in their home province for over 20 years.

He acknowledged that some people want the accomplishments of an outgoing public official to continue through a family member, the same with his experience that was sustained by the younger Duterte.

"[Sara], she's a character and she can be mean. The Davaoeños want to continue what I have done. What have I done? Why is it so peaceful, so clean [in Davao]?" he said. "Drugs is minimal and the law and order is very good. It took me about three terms really to perfect the system. And that come without thoughts."

A provision under the 1987 Constitution states that political dynasties are prohibited. The provision, however, is yet to be fully implemented through an enabling law.

An anti-dynasty provision is being pushed by the 20-man Constitutional Commission (Con-Com) under the proposed federal form of government.

The Con-Com, which was tasked by Duterte to review the 1987 Constitution, has sought to regulate political dynasties in the draft federal system.

The consultative body has agreed to insert a provision that will disallow incumbent officials' second-degree relatives from succeeding each other, running for the same position in an election, and running simultaneously for more than one position. (SunStar Philippines)

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