ON THE MATTER OF ANTI POLITICAL DYNASTY ISSUE

dick penson

The Constitution has a provision for anti-political dynasty and it is a principle that should govern everyone.  While technically, there should still be a law that would define and qualify such constitutional provision, the essence is there already:  political dynasty is unacceptable and illegal.

 

Senator Panfilo M. Lacson, five years ago, discussed it in his proposed bill on said concern.  He said that,

 

“Article 11, Section 26 of the 1987 Constitution provides that “the state shall guarantee

Equal access to opportunities for public service, and prohibit political dynasties as may be

Defined by law. ”

 

“Political dynasties have made positions in government subject to inheritance and results

In the proliferation of small monarchies all over the country. Seeing the malevolence created by

Political dynasties, the 1987 Constitution mandated the legislature to prohibit political dynasties

In order to effectively put a stop to the monopoly of certain families to public office.

During the debates in the Constitutional Commission of 1986, Commissioner Sarmiento

Explained the rationale of this provision in the following manner:

 

“By including this provision, we widen the opportunities of competent, young, and

Promising poor candidates to occupy important positions in the government.

While it is true we have government officials who have ascended to power despite

accident of birth, they are exemptions to the general rule. The economic standing

of  these  officials  would  show  that  they  come from  powerful  clans with  vast

economic fortunes. ”

 

Senator Lacson further qualified it.  Thus,

 

“The proposed measure seeks to prohibit the spouse or persons related within the

second degree of consanguinity or affinity, whether legitimate or illegitimate, full or half blood

of an incumbent public official seeking re-election from holding or running for any elective

office in the same municipality/city, legislative district and/or province in the same election or

occupying the same office immediately after the term of office of the incumbent elective official.

Additionally, it also prohibits two or more persons who have political dynasty

relationship from  running  simultaneously for  an  elective office within  the  same municipality, legislative  district and/or province, even  if  neither is  so  related  to  the

incumbent public official.”

 

Lacson has since been subjected to harassments and various persecutions.

 

As it were, the forthcoming election seems to ignore the constitutional prohibition.  Various technical objections have rented the air to discourage discussion.  It is as if there was nothing in the Constitutional that could forbid those affected to impose their absurd beliefs.  And indeed.  Even Comelec could not make any ruling because of technical issues.  There is no law specifying the details of how it should be carried out.

 

Hence, for quite a time since the 1987 Constitutional provision has gone into print, not even a resolution has been passed on this matter.

 

Except for a crusading spirit that pushes this concern into the consciousness of the people, no one seems to care at all.

 

To date, there is only one person who intends to make it a principal issue.  And against the silence of almost everyone,  Ricardo L. Penson is trying to reach out.

 

He despises a monarchical setting for Philippine governance because it is anathema to development.  It depresses economy and divides the prosperous and the struggling majority.  In other words, it merely allows the enrichment and empowerment of a few to the disadvantage of the entire citizenry.

 

Penson is nowhere within the attentive impression of the people because he is up against a monolithic power.

 

But Penson is correct and history will teach  this lesson as it constantly reminds  why the Filipino is still poor, with token representation and unable to attain what is just, fair and proper for them.

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