No ban: Con-Com seeks reg­u­la­tion of po­lit­i­cal dy­nas­ties

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THE CON­SUL­TA­TIVE Com­mit­tee (Con-Com) tasked by Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte to re­view the 1987 Con­sti­tu­tion de­cided to rec­om­mend reg­u­lat­ing po­lit­i­cal dy­nas­ties in­stead of ban­ning them.

Af­ter vot­ing 10-9 to reg­u­late po­lit­i­cal dy­nas­ties, the panel de­cided to pro­hibit an in­cum­bent of­fi­cial’s rel­a­tives from the first and se­cond de­grees of con­san­guin­ity and affin­ity from run­ning for pub­lic of­fice.

In­cluded in a per­son’s first­de­greeof con­san­guin­ity, or re­la­tion­ship by blood, are his par­ents and chil­dren, while grand­par­ents, brothers or sis­ters, and grand­chil­dren are within the se­cond de­gree.

By affin­ity, a per­son’s spouse is first de­gree, while his or her par­ent-in­law, daugh­ter or son-in­law are se­cond de­gree.

De La Salle Dean Julio Tee­hankee, who chairs the sub­com­mit­tee on po­lit­i­cal re­forms, said there were cur­rently 295 po­lit­i­cal dy­nas­ties na­tion­wide, most of which were in poor ar­eas.

Tee­hankee said the main evil to be ad­dressed in po­lit­i­cal dy­nas­ties was the ad­van­tage en­joyed by in­cum­bent of­fi­cials, who are en­cour­aged to per­pet­u­ate them­selves in power.

Lawyer Roan Libar­ios aired con­cern that ban­ning po­lit­i­cal dy­nas­ties might clash with the choice of the peo­ple.

Tee­hankee re­sponded: “We are not ban­ning po­lit­i­cal fam­i­lies from run­ning for of­fice for­ever … what we’re say­ing is give chance to oth­ers.”

Aquilino “Nene” Pi­mentel Jr., who voted for a to­tal ban, said: “We want to stop po­lit­i­cal dy­nas­ties. We have to ban them to­tally other­wise we’re pro­vid­ing loop­holes.”

Re­tired Chief Jus­tice Rey­nato Puno, chair of the com­mit­tee, voted for a reg­u­lated ban.


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