Group MAD at political dynasties, vows to end reign

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A civil society group on Thursday vowed to put an end to the rule of political families, which, it said, are holding the country “in bondage.”

The Movement Against Dynasties (MAD) announced its plan for a people’s initiative that would urge the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to enforce the consitutional prohibition on political dynasties.

“This will be the beginning of the end of political dynasties in the Philippines,” MAD chairman Quintin San Diego told a news conference.

With midterm elections to be held next year, “we strongly believe that the right time to act is now,” San Diego said.

The initiative will be aimed at the families of President Aquino, Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, former President Joseph Estrada, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Sen. Manuel Villar, the children of the late Sen. Renato Cayetano, and local politicians who have controlled provincial and municipal politics for generations.

At various times in the past 25 years, lawmakers in both the Senate and the House of Representatives have introduced legislation that would enforce the constitutional ban on political dynasties, but none of the proposals has gone beyond first reading in either house because of opposition from dynasts.

Aware of that difficulty and of the Comelec’s not having legislative power, MAD, through the initiative, will ask the Comelec to introduce legislation in Congress that would enable Article II, Section 26, of the Constitution—the prohibition on political dynasties.

The provision reads: “The State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service, and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law.”

“There is [an] overwhelming clamor [from] the people that our country should no longer be held in bondage by a few dynasties,” San Diego said.

He said a few politicians should not be allowed to continue controlling most aspects of the Filipinos’ democratic life by completely ignoring the constitutional ban on political dynasties.

“We have had enough. We are angry at this system being implemented by a few families,” San Diego added.

MAD is composed of advocacy groups, including civic clubs like Rotary, Kiwanis and Jaycees.

Through these groups, MAD hopes to be able to gather signatures from at least 10 percent of all registered voters to mount the initiative. In that 10 percent, each of the country’s more than 280 congressional districts will be represented by 3 percent of all district voters, as required by the Constitution.

Enabling law

The initiative petition, directed at the Comelec, will include a proposed enabling law that would define and ban political dynasties. The proposal would limit every family to only one politician.

If several members of a family are aspiring for public office, the Comelec will make them draw lots to determine who will be allowed to proceed.

The proposed ban on political dynasties covers relatives up to the second civil degree of consanguinity or affinity.

The proposal carries a provision against succession, which would bar family members from seeking public office until incumbents have completed their terms.

San Diego said MAD would circulate copies of the initiative petition nationwide to educate people on political dynasties.

The group will also conduct a nationwide awareness campaign on political dynasties and their negative effects on government and economic growth, he said.

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  • Summerspice

    Goodluck!I hope you succeed!End political dynasties!!!!

  • EdgarEdgar

    Sixto the white-haired clown is in the pocket of the political dynasties. The political dynasties are very pleased with the way Sixto the white-haired clown is clowning around and his comelec antics.

  • aristeosj

    hope this will be a start to end the rule of oligarchs in our land!
    Good luck!!!

  • latino_boom

    MORE POWER TO YOU…WHERE CAN I SIGN-UP…COUNT MY FAMILY IN

  • nti_boohaya

    Count me, my family and friends in.  Please cite the local policitians from the barangay up to governor to drive your argument home deeper.  People in the provinces are so out of touch with national candidates.  I remember Ted Failon doing a segment citing governors, mayors and congressmen of Leyte, La Union, Ilocos Sur to name a few.   Tanggalin ang pork barrel o make jueteng legal then let’s see if dynasties continue to flourish.

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    End political dynasty! down with all EPALS!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/55XNXOYBNF6BG3EWOM5V4YMWXM Pedro

    AS  I  HAVE  SAID  BEFORE  AND  I  WILL SAY  AGAIN ”  THROW  ALL  POLITICAL  DYNASTIES   TO  THE  GARBAGE   CANS  “. . . 

  • dikoy321

    Let’s start with the CORRUPT:  Binay, Estrada, Arroyo, Villareal, Ampatuan, Villafuerte, Fuentebella, Enrile, Espino, Dy, Singson, …!

    Forward Philippines !

  • rsanr

    This group led by Mr. San Diego needs the support of every patriotic Filipinos who really cares for the motherland, Philippines.

    MaGTULUNGAN TAYONG LAHAT NA MATIGIL NA ANG POLITICAL DYNASTIES , GISING BAYAN!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYYFBINDMTZHM6TDHPB667452M agustin

    WE SUPPORT THIS MOVE AND WE ASK THE RICH(NON POLITICAL)PEOPLE TO SUPPORT THIS MOVE BY GIVING FINANCIAL AID TO MAD. (MOVEMENT AGAINST DYNASTIES). MABUHAY ANG FILIPINO ! ! ! !

  • Pogi=”No To Political Dynasty”

    Talaga naman pasok pa rin sa survey ang mga spoiled brat na anak ng mga politiko na sina Enrile,Binay,Estrada, etc. Sana mamulat na ang mga kababayan natin.

  • disqusted0fu

    this shouldnt be an issue if the ones elected are performing well. but if they were to enforce the prohibition on political dynasties, i wish they had done it before Pnoy became president.

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