Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Philippines Dynasty

Sila na naman ba ?... wala na bang iba.?

When I went home to my town back in the Philippines , I am surprised that one of our neighbor, which bloodline is not native from our barangay, became an elected barangay captain, and that is not the worst part, even his wife, and two sons are members of his council. Is there any other person? at least a native of the place, which is intelligent enough to lead.  Is it really necessary that this once lovely island became a family business. Well we can see these trend not only in the Local level, but even in the National arena. Did you know that politics in our country is controlled by only 83 families?, from Batanes to Zamboanga. Our beloved country Philippines is under the rule of these families. The Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPeg) said, “Membership in a political dynasty is a guarantee to its preservation. Whether in the national or local level, membership provides a political clout to amass more wealth, hence, to secure enduring political power,”..

 If you have noticed most senatorial candidates in this midterm election, came from political families, either on both side LP or UNA. Bloodline from former Presidents. Ramon Magsaysay Jr. and Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, both running under the Liberal Party (LP). Mitos Magsaysay and JV Ejercito of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA). If elected, they will increase the number of senators who are blood relatives of former presidents, to seven from the current three Sergio Osmeña III, Jinggoy Estrada, and Bongbong Marcos,”.

Senatorial bets who came from political families, Cagayan Rep. Juan Ponce “Jack” Enrile Jr., son of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile; former Tarlac governor Margarita Cojuangco, maternal aunt of President Aquino, and former senators Juan Miguel Zubiri, Ernesto Maceda and Richard Gordon; and Nancy Binay, eldest daughter of Vice President Jejomar Binay, all of UNA, and former Las Piñas representative Cynthia Villar, wife of last termer Sen. Manny Villar; re-electionist Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano; Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara, son of last termer Sen. Edgardo Angara, all of LP; and re-electionist Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III of PDP-Laban.

Our government currently passed the Cyber Crime Law, which for me inhibit some of our freedom to express our opinions on the net, which I think is the last frontier of complete freedom for the ordinary Filipinos to express of what they felt and voice out their opinion. I don't care if they are aiming to chase those hackers and criminal minded people who are using the web for their crimes. But for God sake , why they inserted these Libel law in an eleventh hour. Instead in concentrating on these cyber crime law, why they didn't turn their faces to the 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines, Article II, Declaration of Principles and State Policies, Section 26."The State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service, and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law". Maybe this is the time that we should consider this small section of our constitution. In a study of a political scientist, the elites of Philippine politics from 1946 to 1963 lists 169 prominent families. These families have produced 584 public officials, including seven Presidents, two Vice Presidents, 42 Senators, and 147 Representatives. In the 14th Congress of the Philippines (from July 23, 2007 to June 4, 2010), it was surveyed that more than 75% of the lawmakers are members of the old political families. And who can stop these big problem in our country?.. no other than but YOU !... FILIPINO VOTERS.

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