Gordon opposes bill banning political dynasties


Former senator Richard “Dick” Gordon. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Barring a member of a political clan from running for electoral office would be a violation of that person’s rights, according to senatorial candidate Richard Gordon.

Gordon, who is running under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), said there could be another definition of a political dynasty aside from the widely accepted one, which simply referred to a politically dominant family or clan.

The issue of political dynasties has become a contentious one in this current election campaign because the senatorial race is dominated by candidates belonging to influential, politically entrenched clans, putting other potentially more capable candidates at a disadvantage.

Those who would want to put an end to this cite the constitutional provision banning political dynasties. However, the Constitution has left it to Congress to come up with the implementing law.

Gordon, a lawyer, said it would not be correct to prevent someone from seeking an elective post on the basis of his or her last name or relatives already in government.

“It is a violation of an individual’s rights not to be allowed to run,” he said during a recent dinner with INQUIRER editors and reporters.

In the final analysis, the people would choose the country’s leaders, he said, noting that there have been dynasties “felled by the ballot.”

Gordon said the people, before anything else, must be educated on what would be good for the country, and media would have a role to play in educating voters, he said.

According to Gordon, the term political dynasty refers to something far more sinister than simply being a member of a family of politicians.

“A political dynasty is one where, in effect, you impose your will either by violence or by intimidation and you get yourself elected,” he said.

In any case, this could be how Congress might define the bill, he said.

The 1987 Constitution expressly prohibits political dynasties, but it says that Congress has the task of defining what these are. It states: “The State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law.”

None of the subsequent congresses after 1987, which were all populated by political dynasts, has seen fit to define the term or pass an enabling law.

Gordon expressed opposition to the constitutional provision imposing term limits on public officials as it has resulted in competent officials bowing out of office too soon.

“The people are the term limits. That’s the essence of a democracy,” he said.

Gordon, a member of the 1971 constitutional convention, said he had actually campaigned against the 1987 “Cory Constitution”—promulgated by the revolutionary government of President Corazon Aquino following the first Edsa People Power Revolution of 1986— because he thought it was too “short-sighted.”

“And we’re paying for it,” he said.

He expressed support for Charter change, but said any such move must be guided by a clear agenda. The amendments must also be listed, similar to that of the United States Constitution, which has had 27 amendments, he said.

This would make it easier for people to understand, he said.

Charter change has been a highly charged issue in the country, with the term limits one of the contentious points.

There are fears that sitting officials would use the the amendments process as means to perpetuate their hold on power by removing the provision on term limits.

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  • KenKhoy

    Gordon —xxx deletedxxxx

  • D L

    how one can become such a mоrоn.

  • Beguine

    Whatever happened to Richard Gordon?

    It seems that his mind and thinking has become totally befuddled
    and confused. All due to playing politics.

    Don’t vote for Gordon. Consign him to oblivion and banishment from
    Pinas politics. We don’t need this kind of man and this kind of opportunist.

  • inner_U

    I’ll campaign against GORDON..

  • magiting78

    Yes to Dynasties. Yes to Binay, Enrile, Estrada, Gordon…..Packsheeettttttt magsilaho na kauu…

  • $23601969

    Sen. Gordon, the problem is not the few competent officials bowing out of office too soon BUT the many incompetent and corrupt officials not bowing out of office. Even the most advanced countries have majority of their population making the wrong but popular votes.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L3NJ4IIZZMB2OMPIOR7X2B72ME k

    e natural,gusto mo sa political dynasty….isa kasi ang pamilya mo sa mga salarin.

  • joshmale2004

    What else can you expect from a person who also belongs to a political dysnasty.

  • Jason_Voorhees

    Ay ang tanga nya!!


    “A political dynasty is one where, in effect, you impose your will either by violence or by intimidation and you get yourself elected,” he said.
    His definition is very far from political dynasty, his definition might be called a political terrorism,

  • NoWorryBHappy

    Barring a member of a political clan from running for electoral office
    would be a violation of that person’s rights, according to senatorial
    candidate Richard Gordon. 

    And what about the rights of the majority of the Filipino people ?
    Political dynasties are counter-productive.
    They are a menace to society. They prevent the growth of the Filipino nation.
    They deprive and steal other people’s right to opportunities to better themselves.
    Political dynasties must be eradicated once and for all.

  • manual47

    A crook will always depend his own.  What do you expect from a crook who’s been there for so long that he got used to stealing and telling his relatives……it’s OK, we’re here to stay.  What a thick skins these crooks have.  Ang “kapal”.

  • manual47

    A crook will always depend his own.  What do you expect from a crook who’s been there for so long that he got used to stealing and telling his relatives……it’s OK, we’re here to stay.  What a thick skins these crooks have.  Ang “kapal”.

  • lapasan

    The good senator maybe is out of touch of the reality in Philippine politics. He seems to be unaware of the fact that in election politicians use money and even cheat just to win the election. Sad to say that it is the uneducated and the poor who are electing corrupt and undeserving politicians because the latter has the means to bribe indirectly or directly the poor such as allowing them to occupy a danger zone areas and allowing vendors to sell in the street to score a “pogi” points to the electorate who are in the majority. And during election they have the means to buy votes, to set up political machineries and build a network of influence in the government bureaucracy. Corrupt and undeserving politicians are voted again and again not because of their integrity but on their ability to master the trick on winning an election and manipulate the voters especially the lower class of the society. When politicians taste the pleasure of being in power and the economic benefit that goes with it, they won’t let go. When their term expire they will run for a lower position and get back his coveted post when he served that lower position. To insure their perpetuity in office they have the members of the family or relatives run for position and in the process the clan wield a total political and economic control over a certain region or area. Minimizing political dynasty and setting term limit is a means to moderate the greed of politicians and prevent abuse of power.

  • Jeremy

    It’s very common in private companies that employees and his/her relatives can’t work under the same group. For some, if two employees marry while working for the same company, one must resign or must be transferred.

    Same case for promos and raffles, did you notice that relatives of employees and employees themselves can’t join their own promos?

    Did we cry violation of human rights in these cases?

    Of course, political dynasties don’t guarantee 100% corruption in the government. It is surely not an evidence, but with the state of our nation and the quality of her leader, this is a significant way of sieving future anomalies.

  • Pogi=”No To Political Dynasty”

    Kapag binulabog mo yong lungga ng mga ipis maglalabasan na ang mga yan. Tulad ni Gordon isa yang ipis sa sambayanan na dapat sipulin.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5STEU22AD7YRHQSB6RE56ZDSYA J

    I’ll junk this dork out of my list. 
    This guy would just want to please the leaders of UNA so he can stay as UNA candidate. 
    He have the face to defend the rights of those who violate the rights of many people. Does he thinks that a kleptomaniac husband and wife as a town mayor and vice-mayor tandem would just stare on peoples money and do nothing? Are you on your right mind sir!

  • filipinaskoh

    Political dynasty din kayo sa olongapo.

    nung nakatira pa ako dun, i remembered ung asawa mo Mayor, ung kapatid mo congressman.
    Maliban pa dun kontrolado nyo pa ang SBMA dahil ikaw ang Chairman.

    Maliban sa political dynasty- kontrolado nyo pa halos lahat ng kilos ng tao.


    taga- UNA ka nga BULOK!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5STEU22AD7YRHQSB6RE56ZDSYA J

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    • $23601969

       Thank you for the info.  May I spread this post to campaign vs political dynasties?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5STEU22AD7YRHQSB6RE56ZDSYA J

        Why not?
        See more list at http //www zamboanga com/

    • WarOfSelf

      Can you spread this over social networking sites? Twitter, Facebook, etc. Those elected and the voters are as much to blame in this stupid cycle of dynasticism (is that even a word?). Sometimes, we have to point out the obvious. We need to vote more intelligently!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/MJFXCRSCXRWPLL42QQKSINC3AQ Mamerto

        “…Vote more intelligently!” – YES.

        Unfortunately, there are more “stupid…, ignorant…, corruptible” voters than otherwise.

    • WarOfSelf

      here is a link to an image
      h t t p://postimage.org/image/6sni5yo8z/

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/BFQWTB3Z6DK76IWGHUMC4NO5JY Isang Pilipino

      Thank you for this valueable  information. Let’s include the Gordons of Olongapo, the Belmontes of Quezon City, the Duranos of Cebu . . . . 

      Let’s add to this list those families that have been omitted and spread it around!

      • http://www.facebook.com/danilo.navarro.946 Danilo Navarro

        di mo sinali ang mga revilla ng cavite mga cayetano ng tagiug mga arroyo garcia ng cebu suarez ng quezon.sus sa dami mauubos ang space dito from baranngay hanggan sa senador 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/MJFXCRSCXRWPLL42QQKSINC3AQ Mamerto

      A more detailed look at each province will show a far more greater number.

      Thank you, nevertheless, for this listing.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TI55XLCNTWAACFSQMEP3AOSHPA Mita

    Yesterday he said in Pampanga,  “Hindi na dapat sinisiraan ang Pangulo pag natapos ang termino.”  This refers to GMA whom he supports.  Strike one.  Today he says he opposes banning political dynasties.  Strike two.  He hobnobs with corrupt politicians under United Nakaw Alliance.  Strike three.  Gordon, you’re out!!

    • Observer_din

      nakalimutan mo yung dapat e strike 2.
      strike 1-tuta ni GMA
      strike 2-sumama sa UNA,di ba galit na galit ke ERAP dati yan
      strike 3-gusto niya me political dynasty
      tama ba arrangement?hehehe

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JPDSIYGCKZGTGXQIHBTQNPLFMM Anthony

    Mr. Gordon, spare the Filipino people with your excuses, sir. Dynasty is corrupt and immoral. Why not give other a chance? perhaps these, “others” are much better than the ones that occupy the office now. You are not going to win and I hope not because we don’t want a politician like you. The people now are more aware who to vote. Sorry ka na lang.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHOD5EA75DBBUH53UKLRXRK764 Mang Teban

    Richard Gordon has disappointed me with his forced stretching of what a political dynasty must be. 
    As a lawyer and having the privilege to serve as mayor and senator, Gordon tries so hard to please his benefactors – the triumvirate in the UNA (ERAP, ENRILE & BINAY), all of whom are “clever manipulators” of the constitutional prohibition. The provision in the 1987 constitution quoted in this news implies that for ordinary Filipinos to have equal chance to win in an election for any elective post, access to file candidacies for the same position must be open to all and not cornered by politicians who cleverly block the entry of newcomers not affiliated nor related by consanguinity or by business interests. [“The State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service AND prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law”]

    From what we have today after more than a quarter of a century, political dynasties are more or less politicians coming from one and same family tree. So, it is unavoidable to interchange political dynasties with family dynasties.

    I am having second thoughts of putting Gordon in my list of candidates who I want to win as senators. True colors are coming out. Sayang naman kung ang dali niya magpalit ng kulay.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

      He has shown himself to be no different from those others. Protecting his own interests.

  • Jake Lopez

    What we need is a massive information campaign to educate those who think that being popular equates to good public service, that being from from one’s hometown is good enough, that having  the same family name as the good governor who ruled 40 years ago is good enough to be elected.

    We belong to a paternalistic society, something we inherited from our ancestors, who believed in excessive repayment of utang na loob. We have majority of our electorate who could easily be swayed by “who constructed the basketball court?”, “who built the health center?” “who cemented the barangay road?” reasoning without ever thinking that these were built using their own tax money.

    Dynasties and patronage politics should be thrown out by the electorate because those in power will not vote themselves out of power by creating that specific law.

  • quirinomayer

    When he run for president in 2010 knowing he would surely lose, I  suspected that somewhere along the way, a screw in his head has somehow loosened.  His position on political dynasties make me sure that indeed he has become unhinged.

    It appears like it runs in the blood because JC de los Reyes who tried to jump from councilor of Olongapo to president of the Philippines also in 2010 and is again running for senator is Gordon’s nephew.

    Mga Gordons – lahi ng mga tililing. Dynasty of the cuckoos.

    • Pok2

       JC is a different breed. A visionary who denounces the Gordon corruption in Olongapo. A man of respect and honor in which the powerful corrupt media portrays him like an insane person. I’ll go for JC and the Kapatiran out of principle. His moral status is so high and truly incorruptible.

      • http://www.facebook.com/danilo.navarro.946 Danilo Navarro

        he he he sabi ng tsewa sus malosep jc is the same breed pok2..he just denounce because it election time 

  • ryan andres

    How can you expect anything less from an UNA candidate?

    UNA sa kabalbalan
    UNA sa nakawan
    UNA sa gulangan

    Estrada, Enrile, Jejemon Binay, and now…Flash Gordon = the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

    Is it not enough just for one Obama to govern the USA? Or does Obama have to put his brother and relatives in office and control Chicago and the state of Illinois?

    What benefits can the Filipino people get from a system totally ran by political dynasties? A system that when a member of the family is charged with dishonesty or corruption the rest of the members in power will band together to shelter the guilty member from prosecution.

    Can we imagine Italy run by 10 Berlusconis?

    • http://www.facebook.com/ruzty ruzty

       then dont vote for those 10 Berlusconis. plain and simple

  • palakasantayo

    I got a bone to pick with this Richard Gordon. Back in 2009 in the aftermath of typhoon Ondoy calamity, our organization here abroard representing 1500 families raised more than five thousand dollars ($5000.00) and sent to PNRC electronically by VISA. Gordon at that time was the Honorary Chairman. The transfer of money was instantenous and we got a “TY” answer as an acknowledgement. We waited for a formal letter of acknowledgement or a receipt from PNRC to no avail. A year later, we sent $1000.00 to CNRC for Haiti’s earthquake victims and instanteniously we received a letter of acknowledgement and “Official Receipt”. This rekindled our issue with PNRC. We sent a letter directly to Richard Gordon’s office and we received a letter from his office staff that the Chairman’s letter will follow soon after. Up to this day We NEVER RECEIVED THE SAID LETTER. In the aftermath of typhoon “Pablo” we have collected good sum of cash to be sent to PNRC but, because of previous experience, we kind of hesitant to send it to PNRC again. This issue is a by-product of negligence or being cocky once a person is in that position too long. We don’t really know how our contribution of $5000 been disburse but, not knowing and not acknowledge will always stay a sour taste in our mouths. NO TO POLITICAL DYNASTY. Monopoly breeds a lot of negative things and deprives others of opportunity.

  • richard ortega

    he was the one of the first who practice political dynasty.

  • Toby Maguire

    If that is Gordon’s definition of a political dynasty, then congress will be wasting its time and resources enacting a law prohibiting something that is already a criminal act.  “Imposing the family’s will through force and intimidation” is indeed already a criminal act.

  • edm365f31

    Political dynasty should be eliminated; when are we going to learn..Ampatuan’s and many others lord their provinces to submission because they have the clout in all level of government.  Why do you need to have 2 Senators in your family…if you can’t collaborate your ideas within your family you are not fit to govern…why should a province be represented by Local and state officials from same family.

    When this happens that’s when corruption happens.

    This made me re-think my position on Gordon … I don’t want to have a politician who supports political dynasties.

  • Adam_d_langgam

    ooops  … mr. gordon, you just lost my vote.

  • Observer_din

    WALA KA NA GORDON, suwerte mo pag nanalo ka pa, tuta ka ni GMA ,tapos kumampi ka pa sa mandarambong,bistado ka na ng tao, pansariling interes mo lang ang gusto mo!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/danilo.navarro.946 Danilo Navarro

      isama mo pa si mitos magsaysay at si subiri si maceda.mga tunay na taga himod ng laway at wetpu ni glo yan

  • bryanbrian

    True to form – loyalist tuta ni arroyo.

  • rinom

    the framers of the US constitution see to it that there is no dynasty (king) to rule over them, so they created a 3 co-equal branch of government. executive, legislative and the judiciary. why? because they experienced the tyranny of the king (in Europe) is no good, including the church. so, we should be watchful about the TATLONG HARI. these tatlong hari can intimidate our judges and pay some churches, so our only hope is to elect a good legislative body.

  • balut123

    Isa si Gordon sa magic 12 ko….now..OUT!

    • kapayapaan_1900

      Very good!  This is a “small step but a giant leap” of faith to help our ever abused citizenry in eradicating this trending evil in our democratic way of life.  Why would you vote for somebody who sides with the privileged few against the so many who want to put a stop to these despicable political clan who do nothing but suck the public treasury?  A fish is caught by its mouth, a man by his word.  He abdicated his duty when he was a senator of the republic by doing nothing to confront the issue.  Now that he’s back again as a candidate for the same office, he’s making a lots of noise.  Who cares?                

  • riza888

    Families become political families because they know how the political process works, live it on a daily basis growing up, and have connections. But it certainly has not helped the Philippines.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BFQWTB3Z6DK76IWGHUMC4NO5JY Isang Pilipino

    Please include the Estradas of San Juan:

    Erap – ex President convicted of plunder, running for mayor of Manila
    Dr. Loi – first wife ex-senator
    Jinggoy – son with Dr. Loi, senator
    Guia Gomez – wife number (?) mayor of San Juan
    JV – son with Guia, congressman now running for senator

    • http://www.facebook.com/danilo.navarro.946 Danilo Navarro

      isama mo rin ang mga revilla ng cavite ….mga arroyo….si eddie ng jl..mga pineda ng pampangga..marcos at singson ng ilocos sus mio lahat ng ng sulok ng pilipinas may dynasty umpisan mo sa branggay..yung may humahabol sa gen san si na pakyaw..he he he

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BFQWTB3Z6DK76IWGHUMC4NO5JY Isang Pilipino

    Of course, Dick Gordon will oppose the anti-dynasty bill. The Gordons have controlled the city since his mother’s administration in the late 70s. They just rotate the position of mayor and congressman among himself, his wife, and his brother.

    Our towns, cities, and provinces have become fiefdoms. Time to put a stop to this mockery of Philippine democracy. Tama na!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GG4T5UNZ3P7SCHSRNJ7PF5JZMM Jimmy

    Mangangampanya ako na huwag iboto si Gordon.. dahil nawala na ang kanyang katinuan….!!!

  • muddygoose

    How can the electorate be educated when those in power (like the Gordons) deny them quality education and deprive them access to information?

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      Exactly!!! You nailed it muddygoose.  Thanks to the internet. Now they want to suppressed the internet like the communist China.

  • pubringjuandelacruz

    LOL! the pronouncement of Gordon has “Vote Nancy Binay” all over it! for Binays and the rest of UNA, its not political dynasty but politics is business!

  • rinom

    Gordon, hindi po pwede ang dynasty dahil ang tao is by nature corrupt, alam po iyan ng mga bumabasa ng biblia, that man is a lost soul, man is slave of sin, everyone is corrupt and tainted with corruption. no one is exempted, all is guilty unless you surrender your life to God, so ang dapat diyan, umisip ng paraan upang ang kapangyarihan ay hindi maibigay sa iisang tao, o iisang pamilya.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ruzty ruzty

       so you’re saying that you’re corrupt? eh di wala na dapat kumandidato pala sa ating lahat kanya2 pla tayo eh.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Look at the state of the country not yourself and your political dynasties Mr. Gordon.

    If Nancy Binay has no political experience except shadowing her parents, how come nobody in the common masses was selected by UNA in the senatorial candidate instead of Binay’s daughter?  I bet where my mouth is that a lot of Filipinos are much better than Nancy Binay as a senatorial candidate.  Maybe with more integrity and with a Filipino morale than the Political dynasties bets.

    Enrile oppressed the Filipino people during Martial Laws, acting like they own the whole country.  Estrada convicted of plunder, if you have value your family name, maybe he could have committed seppuku. The lack of it and that goes to his children that bothers me more, they are in politics too.  Binay’s questionable wealth, the wife, the son, and now the daughter, you moron Filipinos never question it why?  Still you vote for these kind of people?  We Pinoy are stupid&stupidier.

  • herecomesrusty

    Sinungaling ka pala gordon! Bilib pa naman sa iyo dati. Alam mo naman isa sa dahilan kaya may qualification requirement ang candidacy is to protect the public interest. At alam mo din ang naidudulot ng sobrang kapangyarihan at monopoly ng isang pamilya sa gobyerno, nababawasan o nawawala ang protection ng publiko sa pangaabuso. Mas importante iyan sa individual rights. Baka itanggi mo pa na di iyan nangyayari? Magisip ka kung ano ang conflict of interest at kung bakit bawal ang kamaganak system sa private companies. Sasabihin mo pa nasa bumoboto iyan, eh kaya nga may batas kasi hindi lahat pwede ipaubaya sa publiko, diba atty?
    Bagay ka diyan sa uno, tanggal kana sa boto ko.

  • El_Gran_Capitan

    Yan ang trapong politiko, ayaw mawala ang prebilihiyo, sige mga taga UNA, ngayon kayo magmalaki, 

  • Bayang_magiliw

    UNA is using Dick to justify the candidacy of the sons and daughter of the three little pigs since they think he has the credibilty and people will listen to him. Well after this, that credibility of Dick is gone!

  • boybakal

    Political Dynasties means Political Good Will from Political Families.
    In short, political dynasty is synonymous to good public service, that’s why people continue to vote and elect them thru generation.
    They imprint a hall mark of good politics governance…good public servant.

    Let’s not confuse Political Dynasty to Political Warlord…that’s where the latter use force, intimidation, grave coercion to be in political power against the will of the people.

    Whereas, Political families do it in the hard way….equal to any candidates poor alike.
    There is level playing field….all are equal and people vote for them depending the goods they offer.

    Gordon is right…..Vote for UNA….Political Families like Kennedys….known public servants..


    • herecomesrusty

      Isa ka pa. A political dynasty is not determined on how they got elected. It is how the public’s interests are compromised thru monopoly of a group on strategic or powerful positions in the government that may defeat the check and balance against abuse of power.

      Using the Kennedys as an example is ironic. Lets allow the dynaties but lets allow the public to bare arms as a potential check against tyranny?

      • boybakal

         Isa ka pa rin….yan reply mo copy and paste….be original….mag isip ka.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RCRALOOBIXDTB3A2YZCMXUTP5Y benny

    Dick ka na lang sa akin ngayon dahil sa pinagsasabi mo…. di kta iboboto at mangangampanya pa ako sa aking pamilya, kamag-anak at mga kaibigan na alisin ka nila sa kanilang listahan…. 

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    What a Dickhead!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ON7OVYELIEWW7U25MAF7XD36WU Cubano

    Gordon, binabawal ng ating Constitution ang political dynasty.  Kasi di ginawa ng congress ang enabling law, mga taong bayan na lang ang nag define kung anong ibig sabihin nito.  Kaya gumawa na dapat ng batas tungkol dito.  Balak ko pa namang iboto kita, sa sinabi mong ito, you lost my vote.

  • pedronimo

    One politician (granting he;s worthy) in one family is fair and square democracy, but: a mother and her sons, a husband and his wife and his sister, a father and his sons and his mistress, a father and his junior, a father, his wife, his daughter, and his don- all wanting political power purportedly “to serve” is not democracy but gluttony,

    Why, if one family is blessed with intelligent, hard-working children, can these children not serve the country by being doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, engineers, or teachers? Eh hindi, gusto lahat maging senador or representante, governor at mayor MGA SUGAPA KAYO!,

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

    Suportado sana kita kaya lang yung tinuran mo ay na turn-off ako!

  • $8278216

    Ang buong akala ko matalino itong si gordon, iboboto pa naman sana kita kaya lang nakakapagpabago ng isip ang mga sinabi mo .

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NXV3F6YUQWDOA4HPYOFN5F2N3U Danyel

    ugok pala talaga ito…walang pinag iba sa lahat ng kandidato…..matatalo ka engot…..GAG U talaga……marami sa taga U.P. GAG u……..

  • PinoyPower1

    Gordon down!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NXV3F6YUQWDOA4HPYOFN5F2N3U Danyel

    BUWAYA rin pala!

  • chemist45

    Then I won’t vote for you. Sayang you lose some of us.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/B2VE4T4JT5LYQSLHMW2MGKIBXE john

      marami tayo!!!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/ruzty ruzty

         then you’re both stupid…

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/WQBZPNTCHKGUVUB434VKQ6LOFA Mike Bal

        yabang mo ah. they are just voicing their opinion, who or what gives you the right to call them names?

      • http://www.facebook.com/ruzty ruzty

        the internet.

      • Pok2


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XIJY2MSBTT7VT256PTE7VDEFPM JOJIE

    You and your big mouth. Its good that you expressed your opinion about political dynasties. Sana kung elected ka na saka ka na nagsabi nyan. Ngayon magbalot ka naat bumalik sa Red Cross dahil marami and di na boboto sa yo.  

    • http://www.facebook.com/ruzty ruzty

       His mouth ought to do better speaking than your because he walk the talk, not like you who just s*ck a d*ck…

      *sock a dock…para rhyme :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/ruzty ruzty


  • kulittwit

    Well, what can we expect from an arroyo loyalist tuta.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ruzty ruzty

       then what can we expect from you?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E7SFPQFWHHEAJ4IZKPD7OYJXVM Jabba


    • http://www.facebook.com/ruzty ruzty

      then mauna ka nang iboto sila. and see how your vote goes just because you have been deceived by your emotion.

  • Jane Tan

    Tama din naman siya. Hinde naman mananalo ang mga dynasty kung hinde tanga-tanga ang taong binebenta ang boto nila.

  • iskurokutoy

    Karapatan ng isang tao lang sinasabi niya na na-violate.
    E paano iyong karapatan ng nakararami na magkaroon ng IBANG CHOICE bukod sa isang pamilya na ilang dekada ng hawak ang isang probinsya o syudad.

    Hindi matalinong tao ang babangga sa isang dynasty kaya parang UNOPPOSED palagi ang mga miyembro ng isang dynasty kahit may kalaban sa eleksyon.

    Bumabayad pa nga ang ibang miyembro ng dynasty ng makakalaban nila.

  • jojotolentino

    That’s one take with credibility, coming  from Dick Gordon. Phrase for the day “people must be educated on what would be good for the country”

    But based on this, I still won’t vote NANCY Binay. I’ll take Gordon’s word for it, my educated analysis, I don’t know Nancy Binay’s character, but this I know. Experience wise, being her father’s chief of staff ain’t enough. She’s nothing without her dad.

    Again taking Gordon’s word for it, I’m inclined to consider JV Estrada. What I understand, San Juan became a city under his watch.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ruzty ruzty


  • Boy_Paco

    How much is the salary of vice president jb, senator to be nancy and mayor of makati and how much do they get in makati?
    How much is the salary and privilege of senate president jpe, senator to be rep. jpe and how much do they get in cagayan?How much is the salary of mayor to be je, senator je and senator to be rep. jve and how much would they get in manila?Are they or would they rightfully perform their duties or they are out there for power and greed?The rest of them are all over the philippines and there is no need to enumerate.Judge them this May 2013 election and discourage this evil political dynasty to say the least if we cannot totally stop them for now.It has been 45 years from 1965 to 2010 that crooks have multiplied and became the majority but let us turn the tide now by installing upright leaders and be the majority which would hopefully make this crooks be ashamed of themselves and vanished.

  • simondj

    botante mo sana ako at ng pamilya ko,,, sayang huwag na lang.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ruzty ruzty

      then you’re a stupid voter who just jump the fences just because of your candidate’s opinion and not thinking logically about what he says if he has a point or not.

      read it again

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/MDAWMT3LIDHOCW7ZTSYXZEUQQ4 ghe

         Ang issue ng Political dynasty ay importante. We need officials that will push anti-political dynasty laws.

      • http://www.facebook.com/ruzty ruzty

        We need officials that are honest, and who will do their job best, regardless of their family, orientation, race, or dialect. That is what democracy is all about.

        that is the real issue.

      • Pok2

         Kaya bankrupt ang Olongapo lalo na sa laki ng utang ng kuryente dahil sa galing ng mga gordon. Iboboto ko pa rin sila dahil malaki sila magbigay. Makakain ba ang prinsipyo. Pera pera lang tayo di ba sir rusty.

      • http://www.facebook.com/ruzty ruzty

         hindi makakain ang prinsipyo, pero manununok mo ba ang kahihiyan na pinagpalit mo dahil sa pera?

      • simondj

        lahat po iyan honest sa umpisa, tingnan mo si JOJO BINAY, dati ayaw niya si marcos dahil tyrant daw, at ayaw daw niya sa dynasty, ngayon iba na.

      • simondj

        even God does not want a king (dynasty) to rule over Israel, and God warn them. read 1 Samuel chapter 8 and will know why it is not good to put all the authority in one man, or one family.

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

    the constitution bans political dynasty, Mr. Gordon, I am still considering you as one of favorite non trapo candidate, if you persist in filing against anti dynasty bill then I will count you out.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ruzty ruzty

       he is not filing against anti-dynasty bill, he is saying that we should define it as the way of intimidation by the elite families to get themselves elected, and not just because of the namesake.

      read and understand…

      • simondj

        Gordon is saying it,,, my question is ,, is Gordon more wiser than God? God does not want dynasty. is Gordon more righteous than the framers of the US government? the US constitution separate the power of the government into three equal branch,,, because they know to put power in one man is very dangereous.

      • http://www.facebook.com/ruzty ruzty

         so what are you trying to say?

      • simondj

        term limit is okay because it is natural for a man to be corrupted when he is in power. example mumar quadafy of libya was butchered by angry people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ruzty ruzty

    dont be too ignorant on being short-sighted to what he says.
    in the end it’s the people who will decide. kung nagpadala sila dahil lang sa apelyido eh di tanga ang mamamayan. pero kung bumoto sila dahil alam nila kung bakit at anung kayang gawin ng kandidato eh di maganda. the keyword is education and information.

    and for me he has a point.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sansheena Sheena Sandoval

      Oo nga po e.  Kaso yun nga lang, yung makakapangyarihan na pamilya, kayang kaya nila dayain ang boto so nababalewala ang democracy sa bansa. Wala rin.

      • http://www.facebook.com/ruzty ruzty

        “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty”Kung vigilant enough lang ang lahat ng tao sa atin, and informed, then malinis ang botohan sa atin. Kaso marami pa ring nagpapabayad ng boto, marami pa ring nadadala sa mga pabaon, balato, at relief goods kada campaign period. Kaya nadadaya tayo, kaya sila nandaraya, kasi ung iba sa atin tinotolerate sila.Kung bumoto ka ng ibang pangalan, its your choice. Kung bumoto tayong lahat ng ibang pangalan, eh di walang dynasty. Kung nagkaroon ng dayaan sa isang lugar, blame the ones who benefited in that fraud. Plain and simple.

  • mavtan

    Haha lahat yata ng pamilya Gordon kakandidato pati katulong nila. Syempre ayaw nila nyan anti-political dynasty bill.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ruzty ruzty

    for sure, the people commenting here who supported him previously, jump
    the fences just because they see the headline and did not read the
    article itself, are themselves the bias, uninformed, and ignorant…aka
    the not-so-thinking voters of this society…

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/WQBZPNTCHKGUVUB434VKQ6LOFA Mike Bal

       presumptuous. You make comments like you are the only one who can understand english. By the effing way, if you feel the need to write in english, make sure its grammatically correct.

      ‘are themselves the bias..’ – past tense dapat. goodness, akala mong magcomment sobrang galing, simpleng past tense lang hindi maayos. ha ha ha

      • manual47

        He’s referring to “bias” as an adjective.  You can’t make an adjective a past tense…..

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/WQBZPNTCHKGUVUB434VKQ6LOFA Mike Bal

         so you mean you are not ‘biased’ for Gordon?
        you dont say he is bias for Gordon.

      • http://www.facebook.com/ruzty ruzty

        i can haz “adjective”…

        presumptuous, stu*** f***.

    • palaboi

       Kalawang, your idol is a spin doctor, trying to do a Webster. Like weeds in a garden, political dynasties stifle democracy by restricting people’s options in choosing who will govern. You don’t have to physically intimidate people to perpetuate a political dynasty. The very existence of a powerful, entrenched political clan/family running in an election by itself intimidates other worthy candidates from running, thus forces voters to vote for candidates of these families just because they have no other viable choices, Level the playing field. No to political dynasties!

      • http://www.facebook.com/ruzty ruzty

        Level the playing field by an informed choice of the citizenry: that is what he is trying to say. Are you sure that even without political dynasties, this country will be better?

        vote because you know he will do good, and did good before. Not because of the namesake, aka apelyido per se.

      • http://www.facebook.com/ruzty ruzty

         and thank you for the “kalawang” regard. I’ve been hearing it since Grade 1 so i’m not surprised. You cannot intimidate the likes of me by just name calling. Reply with a healthy and intelligent comment, and I may respond to your opinion.

    • manual47

      Referring to Gordon’s opinion pertaining to “dynasty” issue, you’re a kind a shortsighted on the issue, my friend.  Filipinos voted for these politicians expecting that they will do good jobs and serve their constituents in accordance to their abilities and honesty.  But guess what’s always the case……makes themselves rich and powerful while the people voted for them were hoping their life would be a little better were left still hoping.  And every election it’s “de ja vu” and nothing is changed.  Same candidates running for re-election.  And with all the money they have accumulated while in power will just be an investment because they know once elected, the return will more than what they already accumulated.  I really don’t blame the electoral but I blame more of the politicians because they’re taking advantage of the system, weak laws we have in the country and of course naivety of the people. It’s a matter of good conscience and “delicadeza” from these politicians that people were expecting were always taken for granted and forgotten.  So, how does people can resolve this problem……there’s no easy way but will take for the Filipinos to have the guts, determination and the will to do what is best for all.   The people put these politicians to where they are and they have the power to remove them.  There are options available.  But I will leave this with you to contemplate as I want you to do the thinking because you seems to be a quite smart guy………

      • http://www.facebook.com/ruzty ruzty

         Even without the political dynasties, as i said below, how can we be sure that the candidates that we will elect will do harm than good?

        That is why I’m agree with Informed Choice: that is what he is trying to say.

        To know first that the candidate will do good, and did good, before we vote for him. That is what Im rooting for. Not because of namesake, or he already has an incumbent relative. In the end, its the people who will decide.

        There are Good political dynasties, and bad political dynasties. Let’s sort them out and expel the bad, for good.

      • simondj

        naku RUSTY, not one is exempted all is corrupt all is tainted with corruption from barangay level up,,, unless a man is bron again hindi magbabago ang mga iyan from birth. tingnan mo si BINAY pa raly raly pa noon ayaw daw sa dynasty,,, ngayon siya na ang gumagawa ng dynasty.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JSKEDGMOCMSDM5PAEKEFHBLBU4 don

    Yong walang implementing law sa mga political dynasties eto ang problema. Wala lang mga delicadeza mga politikong galing sa iisang pamilya. Maliwanag naman na nakasaad na yan sa konstitusyon. You can’t teach DELICADEZA!

    • http://www.facebook.com/danilo.navarro.946 Danilo Navarro


  • pipsirho

    running for office may be a right, but the Constitution has imposed some restrictions such as TERM LIMITS and POLITICAL DYNASTY! Gordon may have his opinion, but the fact is the Constitution has  been ratified already by the Filipino people ,so IT STAYS as OUR basic law! We have to live by its provisions no matter the CONTRARY OPINIONS. Gordon has definition of what a POLITICAL DYNASTY is:“A political dynasty is one where, in effect, you impose your will
    either by violence or by intimidation and you get yourself elected,”. A simple check with the MEANINGS of POLITICAL and DYNASTY in the dictionary would seem that Gordon’s definition is SELF-SERVING!!!

  • http://z6.invisionfree.com/flipzi Flipzi

    The real sinister part is … abusing the system itself, the laws and
    govt machinery, to even fool the people through it, in order to deny
    the rest from running from office and simply control the game and
    monopolize it.

    Denying one from running office due to his or her links to the incumbent may be an injustice indeed.

    what about the injustice done upon the many equally able or even better
    leaders who are being denied of the chance to lead the people due to
    this faulty system that is so vulnerable to abuse by the corrupt and
    greedy breed?

    How about that?

  • http://z6.invisionfree.com/flipzi Flipzi

    Sen. Gordon is wrong when he said we should simply allow anyone who
    belong to the same family of the incumbent to take over the post or take
    the top posts at the time and simply let the people decide thru the

    He forgot to realize that the govt’ machinery is being
    abused and manipulated by the often corrupt, moneyed and dominant family
    to secure their posts. This includes assassinating their opponents.

    With an Anti-Dynasty Bill, the more the people will have the chance to try
    different leaders and through that these candidates will be compelled to
    be at their best since the chances of winning again will greatly depend
    on their performance or that of the last leader from their family. Now,
    that the incumbent is not from their family, the election machinery
    including the security forces and the local government units are not in
    their total control, which denies these corrupt men from manipulating
    and abusing the govt machinery.

    Also, with different players who are unrelated by blood or marriage manning the post, it will be hard for one to take full control of the machinery. The incumbent will also
    hesitate to commit grave abuses since he or she knew that the next one who is
    not his brother or father will scrutinize what has been done by the past
    ruler. The past ruler may face criminal liability if guilty. But if
    the next leader is related by blood or marriage to him, they will simply
    embrace a cover-up or carry on the abuse and plunder because they arent afraid of  being caught anyway since they have full control of everything.

  • http://z6.invisionfree.com/flipzi Flipzi

    before this revelation was posted, I was inclined to vote Gordon. but now, i am junking him for nurturing a selfish, pro-elite, pro-dynasty, anti-poor, anti-good governance disposition on this very sensitive matter. 

    let me remind Sen Gordon of the lines Erap used on him when we got sacked from SBMA.

    “Hindi lang ikaw ang magaling”.

    To expound that;

    “Hindi lang pamilya mo ang magaling.”

    Let’s all hope Sen. Gordon and those who harbor the same thought will take these constructively ….. and win back our trust on them.

    • http://z6.invisionfree.com/flipzi Flipzi

       Know more about this by Googling this phrase “Political dynasty breeds corruption flipzi”

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/iV0XkkNontlsHWTkG2jcuz.PB64A#6b054 F alonso

    Gordon ang i propose mo,i abolish yang Pork Barrel.Kasi diyan lang naman maligalig ang mga Politicol na yan.Hindi naman actually para pag silbihan ang taong Bayan.

  • Just_JT

    After reading this article, I made my mind not to vote for Gordon.

    One of the very good provision of the present Constitution is the term limit.  All attempts to change our present Constitution are premised on the change on only the economic provisions but are accused of only a disguise wherein there are only after to change that provision on the term limit.  Comes now Gordon who openly is against that term limit provision.

    Gone of the days of the Gordons, Cunetas, San Luis’ who got reelected every elections.  Please don’t bring it back.  Let us not vote for Gordon!

  • roy sorongon

    Study your candidates very very well. Research in detail before making any decisions on whom to vote or not to vote. Please, let’s do our country this very important favor. Huwag natin sayangin ang mga boto natin base lang sa mga mababaw na pag-unawa o dahilan. Whoever we vote for, let’s just make sure nagamit natin utak at puso sa pagdedesisyon.

  • Pok2

    JC and the Kapatiran for Senate. 3 contra trapo.

    • UrHONOR


  • buttones

    So, what this Gordon ’Dick’ guy is saying, essentially, is that the article in the Constitution -Section 26. “The State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law.”- is something he disagrees with. Clearly all of Congress do, that’s why nobody has bothered to pass a Law over the last quarter century, and never will either. This article in our Constitution was well written… Can I ask ‘Dick’ what is view is on – “Section 28. Subject to reasonable conditions prescribed by law, the State adopts and implements a policy of full public disclosure of all its transactions involving public interest.” ? or “Section 9. The State shall promote a just and dynamic social order that will ensure the prosperity and independence of the nation and free the people from poverty through policiesthat provide adequate social services, promote full employment, a rising standard of living, and an improved quality of life for all.” ? Just need to know where you stand on these things – “Dick”


      Section 28. Is a policy of transparency to be clouded by politicians law, (prescribe by law). Section 9. Is nothing but empty rhetorics that can be dump in billion to infinity ways simply because it can not be achieved. Example: “Quality of life for all”, then who will plant Camote or pick up the garbage. Is it possible for the garbage truck guys to be paid the same salary as the OIC of the company ? All I need is peace and order but most of all Justice with lightning speed so that I may live respected with honor even only a poor lover. Money I don’t want, only respect and to freely love some one is all I care.

  • simondj

    10 Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. 12 Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. 16 Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle[c] and donkeys he will take for his own use. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”
    19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.”  1 Samuel 8, God warned the Isralite who wanted have a tyrant to rule over them.

  • C2Tmasyas

    this is not about the dynasties per se’, this is about how well these so called “dynasties” made whilst they are on their positions perhaps in their own provinces. take for example, the current administrations dynasty in tarlac, is there any significant changes there? nothing…nearby provinces are developing and it is being left behind. dynasties only go bad if the leaders if they elect galatically stupid no brainer or have no idea what do at all.


    NATURAL!  Criminals have to watch one anothers’ (dick) head!

  • http://www.facebook.com/danilo.navarro.946 Danilo Navarro

    si mitos may political dynasty rin pala…kalaban ng mga gordon ..he he he trapo nga 

    • Pok2

      Sir, I’m a member of the Magsaysay clan and I agree with. Vote for Kapatiran.

  • http://www.facebook.com/danilo.navarro.946 Danilo Navarro

    from north south east and west..alin lugar ang walang political dynasty?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NXV3F6YUQWDOA4HPYOFN5F2N3U Danyel

    Bopol pala cya despite d fact that he is seemingly articulate……..at gusto pa nya tanggalin ang term limits! wow! nag da drugs kaya cya?

  • simondj

    God himself warned us they (our leaders) will abuse us, so why make a law to allow them to perpetuate their power? Jesus ask Peter, to whom to the king get taxes? from the people or from them? Peter answered from the the people, Jesus ask again, so the the king and their children are exempted? opo, exempetd po sabi ni Pedro. so, my question is, why GORDON wants to continue?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NTD5NB75GZFZ2F4NZNMIBNYBQQ Diesel

    Do NOT VOTE for GORDON…NO to GORDON…nagpasarap din yan nung panahon ni GMA…huwag nating kalimutan ang panahon na yun…

  • virgoyap

    Gordon is only good as a Red Cross chairman.

    • Pok2


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/X7JZFN52AN5ZAGDMO4NHQ5KCRM newname

    nakikinabang naman siya sa political dynasty….kaya ayaw niyang iban.

  • litotan

    a matter of self-preservatio and purely self-serving reasoning….

  • http://www.facebook.com/aaron.butch.35 Butch Aaron


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