Antidynasty movement moves into Singson country



VIGAN CITY – The civil society group, Movement Against Dynasties (MAD), on Sunday took their crusade to the province controlled for the last three decades by the influential Singson clan.

MAD made its presence felt at a 9 a.m. Mass in St. Paul’s Metropolitan Cathedral in this capital, led by its chair, Quintin San Diego, and its Ilocos chapter chair, Edgar Bacungan.

Addressing a crowd from the pulpit, San Diego said the movement is nonpartisan, nonsectarian and purely voluntary, and is motivated only by the constitutional provision banning dynasties, which many believe, continues to be violated.

San Diego cited Section 26, Article 2 of the Constitution, which says: “The State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service and prohibit political dynasties, as may be defined by law.”

San Diego said MAD has been campaigning nationwide to gather 5.2 million signatures for a petition urging Congress to enact a law prohibiting political dynasties.

“It is now the people who will vigorously campaign for their leaders, lawmakers and politicians to pay respect and obey the law, and to end dynasties,” he said.

San Diego said a people’s initiative is the only option left “as provided for under Republic Act No. 6735 (The Initiative and Referendum Act).”

The MAD contingent wore red shirts bearing phrases like “Isa lang kada angkan (Just one per clan)” and “Hindi negosyo ang pwesto sa gobyerno (A position in government is not a business opportunity).”

Bacungan said MAD also campaigned in La Union, where the Ortega clan is most influential.

Political dynasties, he said, are roots of poverty and corruption in the government.

Seeking the gubernatorial post here is Ilocos Sur

Rep. Ryan Luis Singson, son of incumbent Gov. Luis “Chavit” Singson.

Chavit, acknowledged leader of the Singson clan, is not seeking an elective post this year.

Ryan, who is running under the alliance of the Nacionalista Party (NP) and the local party, Bileg, is facing Tagudin Mayor Roque Verzosa Jr., a candidate of the Liberal Party (LP).

Verzosa’s son, Meljohn, is seeking the mayoral seat that his father would vacate.

Former Ilocos Sur

Rep. Ronald Singson, who had served time in Hong Kong for illegal drugs possession, is reclaiming his old seat in the first congressional district that his brother, Ryan, occupies.

Ronald, who is also running under the NP-Bileg alliance, is facing Beltran Baterina of the LP in the race.

The Singson family is also dominant in the second congressional district of the province.

Chavit’s cousin, former Ilocos Sur Rep. Eric Singson, is seeking his old seat, now occupied by his son, Eric Jr.

Another son, Ericson, is running for mayor of Candon City to replace his brother, Allen.

Eric’s brother, Alfonso, is running for reelection as vice mayor of Candon City while his nephew, Jaime Singson, and niece, Anicka Zaragoza, are running for seats in the provincial board.

Bacungan said they have solicited half a million signatures in their campaign against political dynasties.

Reacting to the campaign, Governor Singson said not all political families are bad.

“Elected officials will not [be allowed to] stay in office for a long time if they are bad,” he said.

“People now are wise, intelligent and cannot be swayed by money alone. They [may] accept money from candidates but [would] still decide on their own come Election Day,” he said.

Singson said he was coauthor of the antidynasty measure filed in the 8th Congress when he served to represent the first congressional district of Ilocos Sur.

Vice Gov. Deogracias Victor Savellano said he would respect and follow an antidynasty law if Congress passes one. The vice governor’s son, Deogracias Jose Victorino, is running unopposed as Cabugao town vice mayor.  Leoncio Balbin Jr., Inquirer Northern Luzon

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  • $14334231

    “Elected officials will not [be allowed to] stay in office for a long time if they are bad,” he said”

    not if you have the money and power to buy and threat the electorates…….

  • Platypus09

    Am surprised that the anti-Catholics and the anti-Damaso ranters in this forum, perhaps hundreds of them, are not bashing the Catholic church on this move.

    Hmm, talking about hypocrites. This tells me that your one-sided rants are not credible, childish, and should not be taken seriously.

    Now, we know..

  • Albert Einstien

    how can the church defeat dynasty…the dynasties give people money during elections they SPEND one year loot for every 3 year term…the church on the other hand received money from the people since time in memorial & send their tributes to Vatican…is the CHURCH not ALSO a DYNASTY ? the longest running dynasty in history ?

    DYNASTY meaning: A race or succession of kings, of the same line or family; the continued lordship of a race of rulers.


  • ernievictory

    si ronald singson walang pinagiba ka erap , jalosjos at iba pang convicted felons na tumatakbo pa for elected office. dapat magsamasama sila sa isang partido .yung COVICTED party o kaya partido EX CON !

  • go88

    -“Elected officials will not [be allowed to] stay in office for a long time if they are bad,” he said.

    Right … so how come the singsons are in office that long already?

    -“People now are wise, intelligent and cannot be swayed by money alone. They [may] accept money from candidates but [would] still decide on their own come Election Day,” he said.

    What may be implied here is that peoples are wise, intelligent and cannot be swayed by money alone because they know what warlords like singson will do to them after election if they make the wrong choice.

    • Luthmar

      Right. Tepok. Nobody would ever find out.

  • aristeosj

    could you name a political family that is good,mr.singson?
    if only even half of all political families are good,this country
    would have not been stuck in this mess.

  • Don

    Sino ba ang bumoboto sa mga pulpol at kurap na pulitiko? E di ang mga butanteng mangmang. Kaya mayroon dynasty, kasi karamihan ng butante ay mangmang. Mali ang sinasabing ang pagboto ay “karapatan,” sapagkat ang pagboto ay isang pribilehiyo na binibigay sa mga taong nagbabayad ng buwis (income tax o land tax) at nakapag-aral hanggang high school man lamang. Pag ito ang naging patakaran, wala nang kurapsyon dahil hindi naman iboboto ng edukado at tax-paying butante ang mga kurap at pulpol na kandidato. Ito ang aking solusyon sa mga dynasty.

    • disqus_WIkXYUshrh

      Ewan ko . Ang tingin ko sa mga mangmang na botanteng sinasabi mo eh ang pagboto ay karapatan nila para kumita tuwing election galing sa mga kurap na kandidato.

  • disqus_WIkXYUshrh

    It is very difficult if not impossible to fully implement the anti-dynasty law because most of the families controlling both the lower and upper houses are in violation of the anti-dynasty law.

    Only our votes can possibly help MAD.

  • jpastor

    ‘Reacting to the campaign, Governor Singson said not all political families are bad.”

    Naku naman…

  • Nite Alchemy


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