Independent candidates eye unity slate to fight political dynasties



Supporters of the 12 independent and minor party candidates for the Senate in the next month’s elections have begun negotiations to form a single slate that would focus on bringing down political dynasties.

According to several supporters and organizers from the camps of the 12, a manifesto is being circulated among the candidates, aiming to gather them under a “dream team” or umbrella coalition with the primary goal of putting an end to dynastism and traditional politics.

“Who knows, if they band together, we’ll have an ‘Anti-Dynasty Dozen.’ After all, they share a common advocacy against political dynasties. It’s the one thing that unites them. Moreover, they’ll be able to present a complete slate unlike the administration and opposition parties,” said one source.

If the anti-dynasty slate pushes through, it would be composed of Rizalito David, John Carlos “JC” de los Reyes and Marwil Llasos of Ang Kapatiran Party; Greco Belgica, Baldomero Falcone and Christian Seneres of the Democratic Party of the Philippines; Samson Alcantara of the Social Justice Society; Eddie Villanueva of Bangon Pilipinas; Teddy Casiño of Makabayan; and independents Edward Hagedorn, Ramon Montaño and Ricardo Penson.

Hagedorn, Villanueva, Penson, Alcantara and Casiño earlier expressed openness for a unity ticket among the minority and independent candidates.

A civil society group, the Mamamayan Ayaw sa Dynasty (MAD), was recently able to gather most of the 12 minority and independent candidates to support the anti-dynasty campaign. Others also joined the Politikalinisan, the “clean politics” movement of activist priest Robert Reyes.

According to another source, the manifesto was crafted by some candidates who gathered in a meeting in Manila last week.

“The manifesto is being circulated for their signatures and feedback. Those who have reservations on the text will notify the others on the concerns to be addressed,” he said.

He added the campaigns of the 12 would like to have a clear definition of a political dynasty.  The common definition prohibits an incumbent elective official running at the same time as, or being succeeded by, his relatives up to the civil degree of consanguinity or affinity.

SJS’ definition includes appointed public officials, including those in the judiciary, in the determination of who is a dynast while Penson is content to limit dynasties under his “Isa lang kada angkan” (One per clan only) slogan. Kapatiran’s definition covers candidates who are not related to any incumbent but are related to one other; it has also different rules for national and local candidates who are related.

Two of the 12, De los Reyes and Hagedorn, are regarded as belonging to dynasties because they have relatives running for local or national posts in May. Casiño’s party, meanwhile, endorsed other senatorial candidates who are also regarded as members of political dynasties.

A third source said candidates might share resources to come up with common sorties, political ads, sample ballots and other forms of exposure to the voters.

The anti-dynasty slate will be unveiled in the next few days, according to the sources.

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  • farmerpo

    Kapag nagawa ninyo ya mga kapatid, mas malamang ang maraming manalo sa inyo. just being able to project cooperation and unity and team work in the field of kanyakanyangkayodatnakaw is no easy task. Forget about self and learn about us, we our etc… start talking in plurals.

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      Vote for these candidates.


    nice plan,good intention but your out of time .your doing battle with age old problem that is well entrenched ,well financed and in power.Good luck


    kahit sino, walang pagbabago.

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      New faces, that’s new, new ideas too.

  • Roland_F

    so Ed Hagedorn is against political dynasties … hahaha

    Currently the mayor of Puerto Princesa, he is running for senate, his wife Ellen Hagedorn should take over the mayor position, his son Mark Hagedorn the vice mayor position and Douglas Hagedorn the new created congress slot for Puerto (central Palawan district).

    If this is no dynasty … what is ???

    • buttones

      There are thousands and thousands of tales like this- this is PH, and given the situation that is now 67 years old and has resulted in the appalling mess we Filipinos live in – what can I possibly say?

  • Pompeyo Pedroche

    Dynasties in Congress and the Senate will never never self-destruct. SoThe only alternative left to eliminate them is not through the ballot but through the bullet.

  • 12JEM

    It is a foregone conclusion that none of these independent candidates will win in the 2013 elections….They will remain PATHETIC kundi sila matototo na lumaban para manalo.
    They are the perennial losers dahil mga ENGOT sila sa politics.
    Kunsabagay may mga ilan-ilang pwedeng masabing mga Dakilang Engot. Pero ang karamihan sa kanila PLAIIN ENGOT talaga.

  • noelpdavid

    OK . Give it a try. Make an impact to be notice.

  • ej1015

    There is no such things as “anti-dynasty” because if these people happen to win and tasted fame,power, money and prestige – they will not let go of it anymore. It is a simple human temptation. End if their term ends, they will let their kamag-anak run on their place. another cycle of dynasty.

    • buttones

      Meet the new boss, same as the old boss? You maybe right.. I think when these nonentities have tasted living high on the hog, [if they even get
      there,] their childish, fine ideals are going to go out of the window.

  • Pogi=”No To Political Dynasty”

    Kung walang TV ad at showbiz na mag endorse para mamulat ang taong bayan walang mangyayari. Good luck na lang.

  • rommel joseph

    Too late the hero. If these independent candidates are worthy to be senators, they should have thought about this coalition much earlier. This late realization reflects their lack of foresight and planning capability. How can you sponsor bills when you can’t predict their impact or consequence on people?

    • buttones

      Too late indeed, twenty five years actually, and during that intervening period little time was addressed to Article ll- section 26- Nobody gave a hoot. The constitution is quite clear on the matter, Congress have to pass Law regarding this- will they? Well no, because most are dynastical characters and they are, maybe very strange people, but they are not suicidal maniacs….the Constitution was brilliantly worded in
      this regard, penned oddly enough by the dynastical crowd….

  • tugakbatan

    Dapat lahat, at hindi lang independent. Sobra na iyang Dynasty! Just look, dito lang sa Huweteng Capital of the World (or Pampanga), Mother Pineda is running for re-election for governor. Running for vice governor as her running mate is her Son Pineda. Her two other children are mayors of two towns. Pweeee…. nakakasuka. Dumine kayu!

  • Nitsog

    I will vote for these 12 anti dynasty candidates.They are the nation’s hope.

  • Bonggebongge

    abay isapatuparan na ito…

  • Maldi2

    OK go, you got my vote!

  • $5699914

    Pinakamabilis na paraan para alisin ang pilitical dynasties?
    Magluklok ng isang diktador na walang kamag-anak na politiko.


    Die Nasty People….

  • Simplify1

    If your battle cry is simply down with anti-dynasty, you can almost be assured of defeat because intelligent people can easily discern a bad dynasty vs a good dynasty. As an example of a good dynasty is Mrs Robredo who was tossed in the limelight because of a good family name… Aquino’s family is well loved….an example of a bad dynasty is Binay who started as a mere OIC of Makati and now a VP who recently fielded his unskilled and inexperienced daughter to run for senate!

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