Latest Stories

Malacañang defends political dynasties


Secretary Edwin Lacierda. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

What’s wrong with President Aquino fielding senatorial candidates from powerful political families?

Responding to Catholic bishops’ denunciation of political dynasties, Secretary Edwin Lacierda, presidential spokesperson, said Wednesday a distinction should be made between “good” and “bad” political dynasties.

His argument: “It should be clear what political dynasty means … Not all dynasties are bad; not all dynasties are good.” Lacierda added that banning outright candidates with the “same family names” should be studied.

Besides, the Team Pinoy candidates had “proven themselves” in public service and private sector, and it was up to the electorate to vet their qualifications, Lacierda further argued.

“You can identify each and every individual and you make a judgment for yourself: Am I going to vote for this particular individual? The President has chosen. He has decided to say, ‘These are my people and these people will push for my reforms,’” said Lacierda when asked if the administration candidates come from “good” political dynasties.

For the midterm elections in May, Mr. Aquino is fielding his own cousin, youth leader and entrepreneur Benigno Paolo “Bam” Aquino IV. Others relatives of politicians on the slate are Senators Alan Peter Cayetano (the son of a former senator and brother of incumbent Sen. Pia Cayetano), Aquilino Pimentel III (son of former Sen. Aquilino Pimentel Jr.), Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara (son of incumbent Sen. Edgardo Angara), and former Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia Villar (wife of Sen. Manuel Villar).

The opposition United Nationalist Alliance, on the other hand, is also fielding candidates who are members of the families of Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and deposed President Joseph Estrada.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had issued a pastoral statement denouncing political dynasties, saying it felt offended that lawmakers defied the mandate of the Constitution to push for an enabling law banning dynasties that only bred corruption and ineptitude.

The Constitution prohibits political dynasties, but as in the case of the freedom of information provision, Congress has yet to provide the enabling law.

The Kapatiran Party welcomed the CBCP pastoral letter, saying it would spearhead a people’s initiative for the passage of a national law banning political dynasties.

Kapatiran senatorial candidate John Carlos “JC” de los Reyes said the party would seek the Church’s support in the gathering of  signatures.

“We are asking them to help out by providing accessible and convenient signature desks scattered in all the dioceses. Without them, this initiative is almost futile,” De los Reyes told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in reply to query sent through Facebook. With a report from Jerome Aning

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: 2013 midterm elections , Benigno Aquino , Catholic Church , CBCP , Government , Political Dynasties , Politics , Senate , SWS survey

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Opinions split on Napoles turning state witness
  3. Delfin Lee: Blame Pag-Ibig, not me
  4. Plunder complaint filed vs PNP chief, firearms office head over license delivery deal
  5. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  6. San Juan cops fail to arrest Cedric Lee
  7. More ‘Yolanda’ bodies found
  8. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  9. Lawyer: Napoles ‘will tell all’
  10. Boy ‘sexually assaulted’ at Indonesia international school
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  3. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  4. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  5. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  6. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  7. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  8. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  9. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  10. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  8. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  9. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
  10. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima


  • What Went Before: Malacañang allies alleged involvement in pork scam
  • Timeline: Napoles tell-all
  • 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  • Napoles surgery in Makati hospital successful
  • Save the queen? Aide takes fall for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  • Sports

  • Mixers trim Aces; Painters repulse Bolts
  • Donaire junks Garcia as coach, taps father
  • ’Bye Ginebra: No heavy heart this time
  • UAAP board tackles new rules
  • Baguio climb to decide Le Tour de Filipinas
  • Lifestyle

  • The best flavors of summer in one bite, and more
  • Homemade yogurt, bread blended with pizza, even ramen
  • Visiting chefs from Denmark get creative with ‘ube,’ ‘ buko,’ ‘calamansi,’ mangoes
  • Salted baked potatoes
  • A first in a mall: Authentic Greek yogurt–made fresh in front of diners
  • Entertainment

  • Return of ‘Ibong Adarna’
  • Practical Phytos plans his future
  • In love … with acting
  • From prison to the peak of success
  • ‘Asedillo’ location thrives
  • Business

  • This time, BIR goes after florists
  • Philippine Airlines to stop shipment of shark fins
  • PH banks not ready for Asean integration
  • Stocks down on profit-taking
  • Banks allowed to use ‘cloud’
  • Technology

  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Engineers create a world of difference
  • Bam Aquino becomes Master Splinter’s son after Wiki hack
  • Mark Caguioa lambasts Ginebra teammates on Twitter
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 24, 2014
  • Talking to Janet
  • Respite
  • Bucket list
  • JPII in 1981: walking a tightrope
  • Global Nation

  • PH seeks ‘clearer assurance’ from US
  • China and rivals sign naval pact to ease maritime tensions
  • What Went Before: Manila bus hostage crisis
  • Obama arrives in Tokyo, first stop of 4-nation tour
  • Believe it or not: Filipinos love US more than Yanks
  • Marketplace