Koko Pimentel vows to fight dynasties

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Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III has vowed to take up the uphill battle in Congress to enact a law that would ban political dynasties should he be reelected.

But until such law is passed, the lawyer-senator stuck to being legalistic when asked for his opinion on candidates whose families have been occupying elective positions for decades.

“This is politics, the voice of the people. If the people accept them, the people already say it’s ethical. Is it legal or not? Is there a law prohibiting it? For now no law prohibits it. So what can I say? I can’t say anything. There’s no law. They are not violating any law,” Pimentel told Inquirer editors and reporters Tuesday night.

He said he’s about “70 to 80 percent” done crafting his version of an antipolitical dynasty bill, admitting he was having a hard time defining which “dynastic combinations” among incumbent officials and candidates and the elective positions should be prohibited.

“Congress should define what a political dynasty is. I will try to finish my draft. If I get re-elected I can file this, or if I should lose I will give this to other legislators if they want a draft on antipolitical dynasties,” Pimentel said.—Dona Z. Pazzibugan

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  • BatangSingapore

    sige nga koko batikusin mo mga aquino at cojuangco sa issue ng politikal dynasty. baka nga ipagtangol mo pa eh hahahahahhaha style mo bulok koko pimentel. corrupt ka rin.

    • Substanceofthemind

      Paano po ninyo nasabing corrupt si Koko? Patunayan nyo po.

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

    It is a tough fight if you are alone and the rest are all crocs salivating for pork barrels incessantly…..

  • ThudOthwacker

    LOL Fight the dynasty? How funny when he is one of it. The anti dynasty law was first suggested during Cory’s term. The time your father hardly warmed his senate seat.

    • sowhatifimfilipino

      My thoughts exactly. :)

  • Stun Black

    Madali namang i-define yung political dynasty kung talagang gusto nila. Puwede nilang simulan sa pinakabasic. Yun bang incumbent na official na patatakbuhin yung kamag-anak sa same position dahil tapos na term niya. Kung ipagbabawal yan maraming mga kurakot na mababawasan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7TPARCYJFCSA3PBQAM3MVZO3E kurakut

    IF ELECTED POPULARLY, IT CAN’T BE DYNASTY.

  • UrHONOR

    FOR that advocacy alone, I’ll campaign for Pimentel!

  • Cubano

    HUWAG IBOTO ANG MGA KASAMA NG MGA POLITICAL DYNASTIES…

  • BatangSingapore

    kung gusto nyo manalo si koko ay huwag ninyo iboto si BUM at Ting Ting.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FFSZ7TIZZG47FYQFAZFIGYXKPM Pers

    botbot nimo

  • The Lighthouse

    Go Kiko! Fight your own Pimentel dynasty! Tsk tsk tsk…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4Q5EHNRA6LXAHGXPSMAXBGJ4ME isidro

    Koko is like Don Quixote, fighting for a cause. Go Go, Koko.
    Instead of cursing the darkness, let us light a candle. A first step begins a long journey.
    Nene has done his best to have a decentralized local government. Koko will pursue it.

  • $20877147

    Ironically absurd.

  • Guest

    trapo talaga. ibig mo sabihin ngayon mo lang naisip yan kung kailan election?

  • ctrl_frk

    trapo talaga. ibig mo sabihin ngayon mo lang naisip yan kung kailan election?

    • Substanceofthemind

      Kailan po ba sya tinanong? Hindi ba’t ngayon lang din?

  • XY ZEE

    Akala ko ba bar topnothcer ito?
    Napaka-bobong tayo sa isyu na obviously pinakikinabangan niya.

  • wakats

    Koko must be out of his mind. He knows that his draft of anti dynasty bill will forever remain a DRAFT ONLY dream since a great majority of the lawmakers (including actors/boxer who know nothing of the law) have relatives in the political world.

    Instead, koko should concentrate on hitting hard his arch-enemy, the world-class cheat zubiri – otherwise his campaign speech will be dull and not worthy of listening……

  • FernandoBusi

    Cuckooed nahiibang kanaba? Your slate is riddled with dynasties. Kung ano ano pinapromosie mo para lang ma elect ka.

  • vince_bugaboo

    Siguro kung nababawasan ng parte ng katawan kapag nangako at nagsinugaling ang mga pulitiko at mga lider sa Pilipinas, puro paa na lang o kaya tenga o kaya balakang na lang ang makikita natin sa senado, kongreso at sa mga probinsya. puro putol siguro ang mga nasa gobyerno.

  • Kirat

    With all due respect: how can he say that with a straight face? Just look at him at the surveys, snuggled comfortably right next to Nancy Binay, and you see the answer to “wtf happened to PDP-Laban.” Dynasties indeed: this is what happens when politicians who used to be strong grassroots campaigners in the 80s, even progressives during those times, believe their own hype and send their own children of privilege into public life. Being a privileged child of a man respected for his record, and a very intelligent man in his own right, the good senator knows better than to utter such an unbelievable self-contradiction.

  • bugoybanggers

    Same issue nothing change. It’s the people need to be educated. No matter how you fight against Dynasty if those FOOLED VOTERS still vote for them. Attention 70% of BOBOTANTE, you all win again.

  • JasonBieber

    Good luck with that. There is a small percentage of people in the government that is against dynasties. Take a look at PNoy he himself is probably trying to continue his own dynasty by promoting his cousin Bam who has no real experience to justify running for Senator.

  • Moro Ali Pala

    OLD STORY!!!!

    During plenary debates on the proposed P2-trillion national budget for 2013, Santiago aired her disgust over recent reports that Binay was quoted as saying that the anti-political dynasties measures were only being pushed by people who are perennial losers in elections.

    “Minamaliit ninyo ginawa ko e. Ano gusto ninyo mangyari? Nasa saligang batas yan e (You are belittling my work. What is your intention here? This is in the Constitution.) That’s no longer a question of policy. That has been settled,” Santiago said.

    Binay was not present to defend himself but through a manifestation by his staff, which was relayed by Senate finance committee chairman Franklin Drilon, it was reiterated that the stand of the Vice President is to let the people decide on the fate of people who belong to so-called dynasties.

    In an earlier interview, Binay said that there should be no prohibition against anyone who wants to run for office, especially by virtue of the existence of his or her relatives who are either holding office already or who intend to run.

    He said that the matter should be left for the people to decide through their votes.

    Santiago said Binay’s position is wrong because the Constitution has clearly stated that political dynasties are not acceptable in the country and that a law must be passed to enforce this provision.

    “That is wrong, I take the liberty of correcting the Vice President’s belief. He has no business staying in government if that is his belief,” Santiago said.

    “We know that the Constitution cannot be changed, it is a permanent document. And whether it’s grammatical or unethical or downright false or incorrect, you cannot change it, unless you follow the procedure for amending the Constitution,” she added.

    If Binay was referring to her as one of those perennial losers who are pushing for the anti-political dynasties bill, Santiago emphasized that she lost the presidential elections in 1992 only in the counting of votes but not on the actual voting itself.

    “That will be my stand until the day I die,” Santiago said.

    But for someone like the Vice President to issue those statements about the proponents of the anti-political dynasties bill, Santiago made it clear that she would not take it sitting down.

    “I filed an anti-dynasty bill. Don’t you think that a senator who did something like that would be hurt when you say that it is the perennial losers who file these bills?” Santiago said.

  • Substanceofthemind

    Koko Pimentel will be the last Pimentel from Nene’s clan.

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