SC hands off on political dynasties


MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court dismissed the bid of a businessman to compel the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to prohibit members of so-called political dynasties from running for national and local elective positions.

At a press conference, the high court’s acting spokesperson, Gleo Guerra, said the petition for mandamus filed by businessman Louis “Barok” Biraogo had been denied.

The SC, however, refused to elaborate on why Biraogo’s petition was dismissed.

In his petition, Biraogo said while there is still no anti-dynasty law, there is a constitutional prohibition against political dynasties.

Biraogo cited Sec. 26, Art. II, of the 1987 Constitution, which says: “The state shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service, and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law.”

“Whether or not political dynasties are evil per se is no longer debatable from a constitutional perspective. Sec. 26, Art. II, of the 1987 Constitution prohibits political dynasties, period… Political dynasties are prohibited by the fundamental law of the land,” he said.

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  • zom

    syempre hands off sila! lagot sila kay abnoy dahil tatakbong senador ang kanyang pinsan! halaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • Cubano

    Hindi yata naka  iintindi ang ating  SC.  

  • agustin

     Vote for the non partisan (independent) senatorial candidates.they are the only hope to eject the parasites which have eaten the nutrients  in our body. the body in our gov’t in which our resources are being sucked by these dynasties.!

  • tagatabas

    come on magigiting na justices ng SC do your homework, kung deny man kailangang ipaliwanag, para di kayo matabas

  • rayingga

    Kaya nga kayo nandyan para humatol, kung oo ipaliwanag kung hindi, Bakit? Simple lang naman, but dont keep the citizenry in the dark.

  • popeyee

    ayaw ma-impeach kaya deadma…

  • Fulpol

    “as may be defined by law”…

    what is the law that defines it?

    • Flow Sotelo

      Tama yung point mo Fulpol. Wala pang legal or technical definition sa Pilipinas ang Political Dynasties; isa pa lamang itong inimbentong phrase ng mga Pinoy. Kaya dapat munang mai-pasa ang Anti-Political Dynasty Act or law before tumanggap ang SC ng reklamo regarding dito.

    • buttones

      There is no Law, even after 25 years- and never ever will be- just the way it is really…. We are a third world state, run by third rate politicos, voted for by a third rate electorate, producing third rate results…..How can I say this? Well that’s easy— thankfully I am not blind, neither am I stupid…….

  • jopar

    It’s not the Court who elects these political dynasties – it’s the people with the help of the media and PR practitioners.

    It’s the peoples’ lack of information about certain candidates. FOI is the key to solve the problem.

    And we can understand why so many politicians are against FOI. It would expose all political dynasties that have done nothing except to enrich their own bank accounts.

  • opinyonlangpo

    They were put there by dynasties. They are just being grateful.

  • yaoje

    Kung ang position ay isinalin na lang sa anak, asawa or sino mang kamag anak at wla ng eleksyon na nagaganap or di kaya ang magkatunggali sa isang position ay parehong galing sa iisang angkan at di na nabigyan ng patas na pagkakataon na kumandidato ang sino man maaring yun ang sinasabi sa 1987 Constitution na Political Dynasty.

  • Your_King

    The Philippines government is run by political dynasties including the head of state so SC wouldn’t want to go against any of that. So safe to just be hands off, it looks.

  • rommel joseph

    As long as it is financially profitable to be a politician, political dynasties will flourish.  Solution: First, take out the pork barrel and other perks and, second, authorize and order COA to audit the SALNs of politicians and all government officials, lastly, the Ombudsman should file charges against violators. Also, passing the FOI bill will greatly help.

  • palakasantayo

    Why go to SC when it is in the constitution? Comelec should be able to screen who are qualified to run. Comelec should put out the qualification criteria including issue of immediate kinship with a politician in power in their area.

    • Harry

      When the Comelec does not act then Barok has to go the Supreme Court.

    • agustin


  • buttones

    Get serious! That bid was going nowhere!

    “ Biraogo cited Sec. 26, Art. II, of the 1987 Constitution, which says: “The state shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service, and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law.”

    Very true, but there is no Law so that is the end of the matter….end of story


      The SC had spoken. There is No constitution in the Philippines. It is now a nation commandered by a Boy AB who does not respect ‘due proccess of law’. The ruling political dynasties are are dictators including Brain flunker Sereno of SC. The SC that is suppose to be fountain of wisdom is now dictator too who just say’s NO with out explanation. Who can justify an Unjust verdict ? No one ! So the SC choose to remain silent. The Abnoy king is now a dictator with Sereno as queen.

  • disqusted0fu

    The SC will not dare to touch on this issue. Many of the powerful politicians are from a dynasty, including the tyrant Pnoy

  • palakasantayo

    Constitution says “as defined by law” but, there is no present law. Comelec therefore should pass a resolution to create a law or guideline for temporary measure. If lawmakers find it unacceptable, let them make one. It will probably take another 13-15 years to resolve like the just recently passed RH Bill.

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