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SC dismisses petition to ban political dynasties

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The Supreme Court building in Manila. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Supreme Court on Tuesday denied the motion for reconsideration sought by a businessman who had asked the high tribunal to compel the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to prohibit members of political dynasties from running in the May elections.

In its first en banc session for the year, the high court junked businessman Louis Biraogo’s appeal on the dismissal of his petition earlier by the high tribunal.

“The motion for reconsideration of the dismissal of the Biraogo petition for mandamus for the Comelec to implement the antidynasty ban in the Constitution was denied,” lawyer Ma. Victoria Gleoresty Sp. Guerra, acting SC public information chief, told a press briefing.

But Guerra did not furnish the media with a copy of the court’s resolution on Biraogo’s case.

In October last year, Biraogo filed a 26-page petition for mandamus, asking the high court to order the Comelec to enforce the constitutional ban on political dynasties in the coming national and local polls.

Biraogo had lamented how dynasties still dominate the country’s political landscape, adding that the current batch of candidates for 2013 was the “best testament to that political and constitutional mockery.”

“The refusal of the government, the Congress in particular, to fulfill the constitutional prohibition against political dynasties has been a continuing  insult to the Filipino people. Something must be done about this anomaly,” Biraogo said.

Biraogo identified candidates in the forthcoming election who belong to political dynasties: senatorial aspirants Bam Aquino and Margarita Cojuangco, cousin and aunt of President Aquino; the children of Vice President Binay—Nancy, Abigail and Erwin—who are running for senator, congressman and Makati City mayor, respectively; and the family of former President and Manila mayoral bet Joseph Estrada, who has seven relatives running for various positions next year.

The petitioner also cited the Magsaysays, Cayetanos, Villars, Angaras, Revillas, Belmontes, Pacquiaos and Jalosjoses, whose members currently occupy government posts or are running for other positions next year.

Biraogo contended that while the Congress had not yet passed a law defining the term “political dynasties,” the Comelec is vested with implied powers to make a definition and the “ministerial duty” to prohibit political dynasties.

Aside from Biraogo, other petitioners seeking the high court’s intervention in implementing the antipolitical dynasty provision include former Sen. Teofisto Guingona and anticrime advocate Dante Jimenez.


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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

    Wouldn’t mind the bill, but not sure it wouldn’t be constitutional to disqualify certain people based off who there relatives are, honestly.  And even then these clans would just turn to second cousins or inlaws.

    I don’t envy whoever is trying to get this done, but I wish them lcuk.

    • boldyak

      it is constitutional to disqualify relatives…as it is written in the constitution not to have a dynasty…no buts…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZWTTKJTI57YO7TZBJC66GA2OLU dennis

    Well,kung hindi kayo mapagsasabihan then let us introduce POLITICAL DYNASTY TAX! Requiring them to pay a much towering obligations because there is already a much greater of family member in such Government positions or Officials doing Public services.

  • superpilipinas

    In the absence of a clear implementing law, the SC could not do anything. It’s up to us voters.

    I will never vote for political dynasty members. That’s for sure. Most of them are traditional politicians who do not have new ideas to contribute to PH progress. Most of them rely on their connections to do their work, and most of the time, that means payback is needed.

    Someone ough to set up a website listing candiates and politicians subscribing to the Political Dynasty practice. Their pictures should be there.

  • http://ourleftfoot.blogspot.com/ Tristanism

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

    I don’t see how the SC can possibly enforce this. It’s vague and it lacks definition.

    Moreover, I don’t believe it’s right for any law to tell us who to vote or not to vote for. Ultimately, it’s still the voters’ decision on whom to confer the awesome power of governance.

    Hindi porke’t ka-apelyido niya si kuwan ay corrupt na siya. Ganyundin naman na hindi porke’t hindi sila magkamag-anak ni kuwan ay mapagkakatiwalaan na siya.

    If the wrong sorts of candidates keep on winning, IT’S NOT THE LAW’S FAULT. Even if we were able to ban relatives of current officials from running for office, we will never run out of bad eggs to put in power simply because the problem is not solely with the candidates; it’s with the voters, too.

    • boldyak

      just understand that Political dynasty is against the constitution…there is a reason why it was included in the constitution…it is the law of the land…just follow it..no buts…

      • http://ourleftfoot.blogspot.com/ Tristanism

        It doesn’t follow. Once upon a time, we had a constitution that was bent around one man’s ambition. We didn’t really like it.

        Sometimes, laws can be unlawful or just too ambiguous to be defined properly.

        I’m not saying that we disregard the law. All I’m saying is we need to rethink this anti-dynasty thing. This may not be the solution we’re looking for.

  • superpilipinas

    Political dynasties always have the unfair advantage in the playing field. Most if not all of them participated in the previous corrupt governments which enabled them to entrench themselves. Their advantage is so much that new potential players have an uphill struggle.

    So no matter what good things people say about them, I’m not voting for political dynasties.

    Look at our politicians. All are so traditional that none of them are accomplished engineers and scientists who decide based on logic and science than on politics and connections. South Korea emerged because of new breed of leaders they elected.    

    Read the other news. BoC did not hit its target for 2012. The reason?

  • el_latigo

    Boycott na lang tayo kesa maluklok sa pwesto ang mga kasuka-sukang mga political dynasties na yan. Pero imposibleng di maluklok ang mga iyan. Sa dami ba naman ng mga naghihirap nating mga kababayan na bigyan mo lang ng 500 piso, pati kaluluwa  ibebenta nila may pantawid gutom lang sila ng 2 o 3 araw. Ganyan nabubuhay at namamayani ang mga lokal na dynasties sa bansang ito. Kaya, tiis na lang tayo sa bulok na sistemang pagpili ng mga lider dito. Pero hanggang kelan magtitiis ang bayang itong puno ng pagtitiis at hinagpis,  ha Fulpy este, @Fulpol Kulapol?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      Sayang ang ating boto kung hindi natin gagamitin…iyan ang ating sandata laban sa kanila…kaya patuloy nating gamitin ito…sana sa susunod na halalan mangibabaw ang mga may sincere na hangarin para sa bayan.

    • henry21

      dapat bumoto ang lahat at huwag iboto ang mga corrupt.

      alam mo ba na ang boycott ay instrumento nila para ang mga hindi boboto ay makabawas ng boto sa mga matitinong kandidato? 

      so yung mga boboto lang ay yung nabili nila…. VOTE WISELY!

      • el_latigo

         Kaso rin ang magaling na COMELEC natin hindi marunong magbilang ng boto lalo na kung manu-mano ang bilangan. Wala naman talagang naging matinong honest-to-goodness na eleksyon dito sa atin. Tingnan mo wlang natatalo, pag natalo dinaya.

  • bagombong

    hindi nyo na kayang pigilan pa ang magkakamag-anak na kakandidato, as I have before, politics in Philippines is no longer a public servant, it’s business, mag-sabi kayo ng politiko na di yayaman pag-nakaupo…kaya nga ayaw na nilang matalo pag-nanalo na sila dahil madaling kitain ang pera pag-nakaupo ka na..kita nyo sila pag-nanalo, ang daming bodyguard na, saan nanggagaling ang suweldo nila, ang Mayor kung tutuusin mas malaki pa ang kita ng accountant ng isang empleyado ng private companies, pero aabot na sa pagreretiro ang empleyado hindi kayang mapayaman, pero ang mayor, 6 na taon lang uupo, hindi na kayang ibulsa ang perang kinita nya de kotse at may millions na bahay na.,,ganyan ang image ng mga politiko sa atin…magpapatayan ba naman sila kung walang pera dyan…example na lang..may pinsan ako, we both the same age, di sya nakapagtapos at ako , graduate ng Architecture..ang tagal ko ng nagtratrabaho , di makapagtayo ng millions na bahay..pero yun pinsan ko, nanalong brgy. captain at dumikit sa mayor namin, hayun, may malaking bahay at isang pajero at pick-up truck…ganyan kadaling kumita pag-nakaupo ka…kasama siyempre mga illegal na dyan na kita nila lalo na sa jueteng na yan, hindi naman talaga natigil yan eh..natigil lang sa dyaryo ang salitang jueteng pero sa totoo , yan ang pinagkikitaan nila ng husto….alam yan ng mga namumuno at hindi sila bulag, ang sa kanila ang tao ang lagi nila binobola at lagi naman tanga ang mga tao, kaya ang Pinas, ang umaasenso lang yung nakapagpayaman na.

    • boi skater

      Tama ka! And once a political dynasty is established it goes
      on forever in this country. In a political dynasty, the power, money,
      influence, and election machinery are concentrated in one family clan that it
      becomes virtually impossible for anyone to beat them in any election. Many even run
      unopposed because their would-be opponents know that the chances of winning
      against the clan are zero.

  • bagombong

     hanggang kailan magtitiis, mamatay man sila, nandyan naman ang asawa o anak na naglalaway ulit sa puwesto, kaya nga dynasty, dahil walang katapusan na kasakiman.Mamatay ulit ang ama, nandyan ulit ang anak.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Even in SC has political dynasties.

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

     FOR THE GOOD AND IMPROVEMENT OF OUR COUNTRY LET US NOT VOTE FOR THE DYNASTIES AND TRAPOS. THEY ARE THE CORRUPT PEOPLE WHO MADE OUR LIFE DIFFICULT ( THE POOR IS GETTING POORER WHILE THE CORRUPT IS GETTING RICHER )

  • Just_JT

    Define first ‘Dynasty’ and its IRR.  Like, should LRay Villafuerte be faulted or not allowed to run for office because his father Luis is already in power?

    Just don’t vote for the likes of Nancy Binay and Jayvee Ejercito.  But not to ban them from running for office.

    • SimounIbarra

      The problem with that is most people aren’t that “educated”. Kung sino ang sikat, sila ang iboboto.

      I kinda agree with you na let them run, however, like in the US, there should be a televised debate (in timeslots of out tele-serye/drama) about the nation’s current issue para malaman kung sinong candidate ang may utak at kung sino ang pumapapel lang.

      Pasikatan na lang kasi ang labanan ngayon, di na na-take into consideration ang utak ng tumatakbo.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

        KUNG SINUMAN ANG WALANG KAKAYAHAN SA FACE-OFF DEBATES, MAAARING PAILALIM LANG ANG KAYA NILANG GAWIN.  MAY MGA NANGYARI NANG DEBATES NANG HARAP-HARAPAN, ALALAHANIN KUNG PAANO NILA HINARAP ANG FACE-TO-FACE NA DEBATE.  

      • Ping Gonzales

         Itoy suggestion lang na sana makipag debate si Erap kay Mayor Lim bago mag May election mamili si Erap anong linguahi gagamitin pwede naman Taglish huwag iyong pa posing posing lang DEBATE

      • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        ‘The problem with that is most people aren’t that “educated.”‘

        Then that is the curse that they have to bear so that they will learn.

        It has been always regarded that the people deserve the politicians they vote for. If they do not learn to be better voters, then they should suffer the term.

        If at some point they do learn, then it all starts there.

        Change is good, but people SHOULD want to change before it happens.

        I agree with your statements.

        When I vote, I look at the platform (plans) and their stance on issues (like the RH).

      • SimounIbarra

        Correction.

        “That’s the curse WE have to bear.”

        Unfortunately, majority sila. And kelan pa natuto ang tao sa pagboto? Bigyan mo lang ng p300 yan, boboto ka niyan eh. 

        May senator nga na walang nagawa, sumabit pa eh. Artista eh, sikat eh.

        Walang matututo kung ang nakikita lang nila is yung celebrity status (not necessarily artista, what I mean is yung fame) ng candidate…

      • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        “That’s the curse WE have to bear.”

        I stand corrected. WE.

        worse yung reason na: “binoto ko si X kasi SYA ANG MANANALO.” Ano iyon? taya sa pustahan, o sa lotto? One votes because one want to be in the side that has a tendency to win?

        I’ve spoken to a lot of voters I feel sad for those who reasoned that way.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UEHZP52OVNUUPVT3VJNWPUGVLU Peter L

    Every time a controversy arises, lawyers, lawmakers and law-abiding citizens refers to the Constitution and brings the matter to the Supreme Court. It is a grand injustice to the framers of the Cory Constitution and the Filipino people to disregard it under the flimsy legal excuse that there is no enabling law. The Constitution is the supreme law. These scrupulous people from the President down to the last Barangay Chairman are all images of a corrupt political system that is known all over the world.  As Rey Valera would sing, “Malayo pa ang umaga!” God save our country.

  • boybakal

    God is good to Binay…accused of being a Dynasty but he is not.
    As we celebrate the Black Nazarene, Binay is celebrating too.
    Vote Nancy Binay for Senator.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

      Black lang naman si Binay…hindi naman siya Nazarene…tapos mong sabihing Binay is not a Dynasty, susundan mo ng Vote Nancy Binay. Wow …

      Si GMA lang ang gusto mong makinabang, di ba ?  KAYA TATLONG TAON PA BAGO ANG PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IPINU-PUSH MO NA SI BINAY.

      PAANO KUNG MAKARAMDAM NG HIYA SI BINAY…MAY DUMAGOK NG PAALALA SA KANIYA NA DAHIL AYAW NIYANG  MAG-RESIGN AS MEMBER OF PNOY’s CABINET NA HE IS DUTY BOUND TO PROTECT AND DEFEND HIS ADMINISTRATION IN MAKING GOOD THE PROMISE TO PROSECUTE EVILDOERS OF PAST ADMINISTRATIONS…ano’ng gagawin mo, balik-GMA ba?

      ‘YUN NGANG 2013 ELECTIONS, BAWAL PANG MANGAMPANYA, NGAYON PA LANG NAGLULUMUNDAG KA NA PARA KAY BINAY…HALATANG HALATA KA NAMAN.

  • boi skater

    The SC is supposed to be the guardian of the Constitution
    but in this country the SC can ignore the Constitution to grant favors to those
    who will “reward” the members of the SC accordingly. The only
    question now is: How much will the “reward” be for each of the
    justices?

  • Pogi=”No To Political Dynasty”

    Philippines is moving backwards way back to Ming Dynasty, Kapetian Dynasty, Bourbon Dynasty, Han Han Dynasty, etc. etc.

    This is worst than Marcos Era. They use Gun, Gold, & Goons.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4C2SFYIH52Y2KR7QPZPHJO2XQQ sl1

    This is very bad for the country, the supreme court which has the power to do it right had acted indifference to clamor of the people that political dynasty must be banned as what our constitution says . But sad to say that the supreme court seems not interpreting the provision of the constitution correctly or just playing blind on the prohibition on political dynasty! How can we clean our society from graft & corruptions if our own supreme court sided with the violators on very clearly provision in our constitution ….the judges of the supreme court are all intelligent to know but decided to go against … instead for the welfare of our country. May be dark justice is the solution to get rid of these undesirable politicians, judges & law enforcers in our society.

  • bugoybanggers

    Malabo talagang makalusot ang mga ito, maganda nga sana pero masyado ng lumubog ang Pilipinas sa adhikaing Daynastiya. Ang solution diyan ay mismo ang mga tao, hindi yung mga BOBOTANTE (mga BULAG sa katotohanan). Ang mga tao ay pwedeng umaklas, gaya noong panahon ni Macoy sa EDSA. SUBALIT ang problema ay walang magtatangkang mamono kasi halos lahat na mga kilala o tanyag na tao ay may kaugnayan sa POLITICAL DYNASTY. Ang mga PILIPINO (karamihan) ay nag aastang TANGA at BOBO dahil sa kahirapan ng BUHAY. Sayang kasi ang mga relief goods at maka kita ng mga ARTISTA tuwing may eleksyon. Ang Buhay PILIPINO ay nadungisan na sa KAHIRAPAN ng buhay. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PZR7JI7G2WD2CTVMZ7LM667FD4 Ugly Bunny

    “But Guerra did not furnish the media with a copy of the court’s resolution on Biraogo’s case.”

    This is bull crap. SC is proving itself useless. They dismissed the petition but did not explain to us why. Such bull crap!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NMM3BZ5SAKNWSIDYG3BSIOFNKY Stephen

    Of course SC will junk this petition. they have been bought. It’s really more fun in the Phils…. kapalan ng mukha… the whole family (tatay, nanay, ate, kuya, driver, maid) running for politics. My goodness, good luck to those idiots & stupid pinoys who will vote for them.

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

    If Corona has not been removed he should have acted on this issue, just what he did to hda luisita where he got the courage to distribute the land to the farmers,unfortunately we don’t have him now. we have sera’no, a cj born to favor her boss at any cost.

  • Ping Gonzales

    isama mo narin ang mga marcoses at sa cebu mga garcias, loots, matinezes & etc

  • boldyak

    Dynasty=A succession of people from the same family who play a prominent role in a certain field.

  • henry21

    okey lang naman yan kung qualified at hindi corrupt….. kahit pa buong angkan nila ay nasa politika… basta MATINO… huwag iboto ang hindi matino so mawawala na sila sa pwesto…

    in short nasa voters ang solusyon hindi sa korte..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Ah basta, wag nating suportahan ang may masamang record na political dynasty sa darating na election at sa 2016. Mauubos din sila !

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LJQZNP2INB2MDJNJSIE2ZSY2AM garapata

    If SC, Congress, Senate and Commelec are not acting on anti dynasty bill, WE the FILIPINO voters will DO. Let’s campaign not to support those politicians with dynasties. 

  • kilabot

    political dynasty may be unconstitutional but it is popular; 
    since democracy is a majority rule and the majority wants it, then dynasty should stay; 
    whether it is beneficial or not is immaterial. the ignorant majority wants it; 
    so be it.

    • el_latigo

      @kilabot: manghilakbot ka sa sinasabi mo dito sa Discus! Sino ba ang nagsabi sa iyong  popular dito ang political dynasties kung di ang mga tangang botanteng nagbebenta ng boto lamang na kahit na aso iboboto nila basta matapalan lang ng kwarta? Pero sa tutuo lang tama ang sinasabi mong mga ignoranteng botanteng sinayawan at kinantahan lang ng artista ibinigay na ang boto nila duon sa umupang kandidato sa mga artistang iyan. Kaya pahinog tayo hanggang ang bakteryang political dynasties na yan na patuloy na dumadami, kumakalat at sumasakal sa buong kapuluan hanggang ang constitution natin na nag-uutos na bawal ang mga ito ay di maisasabatas.

  • Your_King

    The Philippines is run by political dynasties all the way up to the President. It is a sad reality but a reality that won’t be ending anytime soon.

  • kismaytami

    Ano pa bang aasahan sa SC eh puro political dynasties din ang nakaupo riyan, kung hindi naman pinuwesto ng mga political dynasties mismo.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/46YE4E63H2W5M7NHNSUSLUQ3EU Bea margarita

    it’s not about political dynasties, nasa tao naman yan kung gagayahin ba nila o magpapaimpluwensya sila sa mga kadugo nila.kawawa ung mga taong may relative/s sa pulitika na  malaki ang potensyal pero pipigilang tumakbo dahil dito. halimbawa: i believe in VP binay, pero ung mga anak nya, hindi gano o may tiwala ako kay JV ejercito pero sa tatay nya wala.



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