8 bets stress need to pass bill to end political dynasty


Eight senatorial candidates joined the last leg of the Inquirer Senate Forum held on Friday at the Cebu Cultural Center in Cebu City. The candidates are (from left) Juan Miguel Zubiri, Samson Alcantara, Bro. Eddie Villanueva, Ricardo Penson, Grace Poe, Juan Edgardo Angara, Rizalito David, and Teodoro Casiño. Photo by Kate Pedroso, Inquirer Research Department

CEBU CITY-Eight senatorial candidates called for a level political playing field by addressing the issue of political dynasty during the third and final senatorial forum of the Philippine Daily Inquirer held at the Cebu Cultural Center on Friday.

Bayan Muna Party list Rep. Teddy Casiño, author of the anti-dynasty bill and independent senatorial candidate, stressed the need to pass the bill to “bury political clans and kill political monopoly.”

Samson Alcantara, Juan Miguel Zubiri, Ricardo Penson, Bro. Eddie Villanueva and Rizalito David also gave their support to the bill.

Casiño, Alcantara, Villanueva and Zubiri agreed that Congress should amend the definition of political dynasties in the 1987 Philippine Constitution Article II Section 26. It stated that “the State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service, and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law.”

Alcantara maintained that political dynasty was not like cholesterol, that there’s good and bad cholesterol. “Prohibited ang political dynasty, either good or bad. We should amend the constitution to define who is covered by political dynasty,” he added.

Villanueva also stressed that there should be “a black and white legal definition of political dynasty.”

Grace Poe of the Liberal Party-led coalition Team PNoy admitted that “political dynasty is discouraging others who don’t have financial capability to run a campaign.”

Poe noted that voter education is very important because it’s a tiny step towards electoral reform to give others a chance to serve.

Carlo Cabatingan,20, resident of Mandaue, Cebu and a University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu student, said that the senatorial debate helped him choose the candidates he will vote for in the May 13 election.

“This is one of the instances that senatorial candidates fly to Cebu and engage themselves in a discourse and platforms of a lawmaker we need,” Cabatingan explained.

He added that the senatorial debate is more effective than campaigning themselves because it’s “reflective of their accountability and sincerity for public service.”

Over a thousand supporters of the candidates gathered the CCC, bringing banners and chanting their candidates’ names throughout the forum.

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    • Strongly Criticize

      Subukan ninyo po si Teddy Casino.. tulungan po natin sya na repormahin ang sistema na umiiral na anti-mamayan at anti-mahirap. Sa katunayan sya po ang nagsulong ng Anti-Dynasty Bill. #vote2013 #teddyday #politicaldynasty #teamteddycasino

      • Concur_Dissent

        gusto ko si teddy personally, pero sayang boto ko sa kanya, baka makasingit pa sila nancy, enrile jv o honasan ang top 12…kaya straight ako team pinoy

  • vanibee

    Honestly, I just look passed names. I don’t care about family and stuff, all I care about is what they have actually done, and what they plan to do, cause I think it’s also unfair to not allow a person to run just because a relative has ran already before. If he/she’s good that’s all that matters.

    • Strongly Criticize

      i strongly agree

  • Janinskie

    Kung ako lang ang tatanungin, para sakin lang, kahit hindi pa galing sa political family ang isang kandidato, hindi agad ibig sabihin nun na yung kandidatong yun ay hindi kurakot. Kaya para sakin lang ang importante talaga ay ang work done. Yung may magandang portfolio/resume.


    ANGARA….anti-dynasty? ISA sa mga nangungunang dynastic family ng Piipinas!

    • Strongly Criticize


  • jackereno

    magigising na lang ang mga tangang pinoy na 1/3 of senators ay puro estradas, 1/3 puro enriles and the other third is binays or cayetanos. kung walang pork barrel magkakainteres kaya diyan sila jack enrile, estrada, binay, cayetano at villar. sabi ng indiyano, o my gowt forgive them for they don’t know that they are comitting sins, all they know is there are barrels of pork lining up to their pockets. si lapid nga naghihilik sa mga session at di nya maintidihan ang topic. pero tiyaga lang daw siya at limpak limpak naman ang pwede ilaunder, misis nga nya nakasuhan na sa u.s. sana ma-high blood kayo sa pork at mangamatay.

    • Strongly Criticize

      hihihihi.. tayo ng sumulong..kailangan talaga natin si #teddycasino para sa senado.. dahil sya lang ang bukod tangi na sumisigaw ng abolish the port barrel.

      • Concur_Dissent

        kaso reality is that casino can never win.. kaya ako boto ko straight team PINOY, otherwise baka nga maka singit yung nancy na walang kaalam alam sa government!!

      • Daang_tuwid3

        gusto ko sya, iboboto, pero sana di sya magbago, baka susunod asawa nya kandidato

  • Juan Der Ful

    Nako sumali si Zubiri eh ang Bukidnon puro Zubiri ang tumakbo pagka politico?….Kahit anong gimik mo migs hindi ka mananalo….

    • Strongly Criticize


  • pubringjuandelacruz

    the bill that abolishes PDAF or Pork Barrel should be passed in the chamber and certify it as an urgent bill – more urgent than the FOI bill.

    chamber legislates and not build road for their district.

    • avmphil

      A accept your views. Abolish these ridiculous handouts. It’s the “peoples money” that can be spread to and for everyone.

      • Concur_Dissent

        who do you want to spread it around? mayors like erap? gud luck!

      • avmphil

        No, not to them, but, to all Filipinos who need them most for varying legitimate reasons! Certainly not to those “name seekers” “boozy guys” and high-end local sponsored “tourists”

      • Concur_Dissent

        u still haven’t answered my question…who will “spread” this money to the people///


      Thats on National Level (PDAF)but dynasty is more on local level…if we could irradicate excessive allowances too in local levels and i tell you dynastys will be lessen.

    • Strongly Criticize

      para yatang si #teddycasino po ulit ang tinutukoy mo. sya din po ang nagsulong FOI bill. nagwithraw lang sya ng support kasi gustong i=modified ng malacanang ang unang resolution na kanilang sinulong… sya din ang nanawagan ng pagbasura sa PORT BARREL wala na akong narinig na ibang tumatakbo na nanawagan nyan

  • avmphil

    Political dynasties, the scourge for any country’s progress, are sure a playing field each time a vote is needed. And in the Philippines, dynastic rundown is crude and cruel and it’s time this is put down especially against aspiring candidates spending time behind bars for varying crimes.

    Clamoring for prominence and fame with just to tag a ‘surname” is so habitual in this country, its becoming ridiculous and shows a collective failure for the families’ concern. But who cares. As long as a Pajero comes along with menacing looking guys trusting hundreds of pesos into yours hands, the bait is taken without a grin. This nation needs to reinvent its political culture now for a brighter future.

    • Strongly Criticize

      Dami pong independent na may kakayanan katulad po ni Teddy Casino. #vote2013 #teddyday #politicaldynasty #teamteddycasino

  • jpastor

    There are much more bad political dynasty than good ones and those good ones in the end tend to become corrupted by their power. Hindi kailangan ng PH ang good political dynasty. Basta alisin na ang pol-dynasty. Hindi lang ang mga pol-dynasty ang may kakayahang mamahala.

    • Strongly Criticize

      correct daming tumatakbong indipendents na mas magaling pa sa mga Dynasty na yan katulad ni Teddy Casino. #vote2013 #teddyday #politicaldynasty #teamteddycasino

  • jpastor

    Ilocos Sur Pol Dynasties:

    Governor : Chavit Singson
    Vice Gov.: Deogracias Savellano (Singson’s chihuahua)

    Congressman: Ronald Singson
    Vigan City Mayor: Eva Marie Singson
    Councillor: John Patrick Singson
    Other councilors and barangay chairmen are relatives of the mayor

    Congressman : Eric Singson (2nd district)
    Candon City Mayor: Allen Gacula Singson
    Candon City Vice Mayor: Alfonso Dario Singson
    Councilor: Kristelle Singson

    Magsingal Ilocos Sur: Mother/Son tandem
    Mayor: Arlyn Apostol Favis
    Vice-Mayor: Alrico Apostol Favis

    San Vicente Ilocos Sur:
    Mayor: Nancy Dy Tabanda
    Vice-Mayor: Jose Cajigal Tabanda III

    Santa Cruz Ilocos Sur:
    Mayor: Teresita Corpus Valle
    Vice-Mayor: Virgilio Jimeno Valle

    Santa Ilocos Sur:
    Mayor: Jeremy Jesus De Peralta Bueno III
    Vice-Mayor: Jesus Bello Bueno Jr.

    Santiago Ilocos Sur:
    Mayor: Michael Sipin Miranda
    Vice-Mayor: Josefino Estrañero Miranda

    Sto Domingo Ilocos Sur
    Mayor: Amado Tuzon Tadena
    Vice-Mayor: Floro Tuzon Tadena

    Solsona Ilocos Norte:
    Mayor: Joseph Espiritu De Lara
    Vice-Mayor: Jonathan Luz De Lara

    San Nicolas Ilocos Norte:
    Mayor: Alfredo Pajinag Valdez Jr.
    Vice-Mayor: Ma. Teresa Pajinag Valdez-Barrett

    Sta. Lucia Ilocos Sur:
    Mayor: Estrella Favis Hernaez
    Vice-Mayor: Ferdinand Favis Hernaez

    San Esteban Ilocos Sur:
    Mayor: Chester Aquino Elaydo
    Vice-Mayor: Mildred Morales Elaydo

    Salcedo Ilocos Sur
    Mayor: Leonofre Galazo Gironella
    Vice-Mayor: Leopoldo Galazo Gironella Jr.

    Narvacan, Ilocos Sur
    Mayor: Zuriel Singson Zaragoza
    Vice-Mayor: Charito Singson Zaragoza

    Caoayan Ilocos Sur
    Mayor: Germelina Singson Goulart
    Vice-Mayor: Gemma Pamani Padaong

    Currimao Ilocos Sur
    Mayor: Gladys Go Cue
    Vice-Mayor: Rosario Chua Go

    • Strongly Criticize

      Ganyan ang mukha ng political dynasty.

    • avmphil

      When you are in Vigan, Narvacan or Candon just about every other Township in Ilocos Sur/Norte you are not far away from an ubiquitous Chinese establishment (Hotels, Restaurants, Travel Agents etc. etc.). And when someone puts a question as why? It’s the Filipino-Chinese even running the local system.

      I simply say. Well, Ilocos Sur/Norte geographically are the closest to Southern China and Ilocanos are magnanimous, friendly and accommodating. That’s how the Mainland Chinese began setting up a second home and build up their fortune and political prominence from 18th century.”I am sure in the next two generations, this nonsense will clear when the real blue-blooded Filipino wakes up and run his destiny without fear or tempt.” For the moment money talks

    • dodong1

      kaya nga papalitan na ang Ilocos sur to ILOCOS SINGSON…

  • Concur_Dissent

    The independents don’t have a chance in hell to win, that’s the fact! The more pressing issue is how to prevent the likes of Binay, Estrada, Enrile and Honasan from winning a senate seat…. The only way to prevent any of these four making it to the senate is to vote straight PNOY TEAM!!

  • Hellomr

    Good or bad we should eradicate political dynasty in our country… Let us follow Japanese system with very a high integrity…

    • Strongly Criticize

      correct. let’s support makabayan coalition to make it on congress and senate so we can push more laws to stop political dynasty and remove port barrel. support #teddycasino #6 sa balota – for senator

      • Hellomr

        Yes I’ll vote for Ted Casino no doubt about it. Ang problema sa mga local ay pakapalan ng mukha…..abay once nag expire ang term nila asawa or anak ipinapalit…. Ang tanging makapipigil lang ay kung may mag daan na riding in tandem…

    • Daang_tuwid3


  • ingbilat

    ha ha we/they forgot or they really mean it! they can talk about jobs, progress, food security blah blah blah. yet not one of them ever mentioned how to curb the exorbitant expensive electricity rates! among other relevant issues this one should take priority as it is so OPPRESSIVE! nobody’s got any idea how to deal with it when all it takes is to amend the law that guarantees payment to the Mafia IPP! as long as we are being continually fooled into paying them irregardless of our electricity consumption we will never live to experience cheap or affordable electricity in our lifetime! ergo, should we let them fool us again and again?! the answer lies in how we vote this coming election!

  • tatlonghari

    Jinggoy and JV are only half brothers. There will only be two Enriles and Binays in Congress. But there will be 3 Cayetano chiildren. That is the epitome of political dynasty.

    • Lorence Caronggo

      Mayaman at matalino naman si Rene Cayetano pero bakit parang politika lang ang itnuro nya sa mga anak nya na pwedeng pagkakitaan? Si Pia at Alan nagaral pa sa UP pero pangungurakot lang sa Senado ang inatupag.. Si Lino nag direktor kuno pero talagang bobo eh. Siguro talagang mas maganda ang raket sa politika

    • felix semondo

      Lagpas 40 na ang magkakapatid na Cayetano peron noong 2011 lang sila naglakas loob magtayo ng negosyo. Ang Slice coffee sa Fort Boni. Sino kaya ang nagpondo at nagturo sa mga Kurakotanos? E di si Gigi Valenzuela, ang kapatid ng big time smuggler na soi Boy Valenzuela.

  • Hellomr

    Mga Pilipino habang tumatanda nagiging sugapa at sakim sa politica… Ayaw magbigay ng chances sa mga young generation …

  • Daang_tuwid3

    political dynasty – marami sa mga nakaupo,pag natikman na ang sarap ayaw ng bumitaw.. halimbawa si jejomar binay, street activist, pero nung makatikim ,lahat ng anak pati asawa ,kandidato…sa amin sa Laguna, si ER , nuong mag governor, ayaw pa rin bitawan pagsanjan, pinakandidato pa asawa, Sa San pablo, pagkatapos ng nung mayor amante, anak naman, wala naman nagawa sa lipunan..mabuti pa ako nag serbisyo ng libre as kabataang barangay chairman ..Sa calamba, pagkatapos ng tatay sa mayor, anak naman na si timmy chipeco, palit sila..paano maipatutupad ang batas kung ang mga nagpapatupad ang lumalalabag. gusto nila perpetual ang apelyido nila sa pwesto.. maraming mas matalino sana , sa china , puro ihenyero ang inilalagay nila sa pwesto, asan sila ngayon, tayo, abogado, putsa, puro batas, ala naman nagpapatupad. daming kalye pinalaki, ginawa lang parking…

  • Daang_tuwid3

    Sa cavite vice governor … JOLO revilla … pwe ! anong natapos nyan.. klaban nya si lacson , pwe !! wala na ba iba? serbisyo publiko na libre sana masaya ako

  • Daang_tuwid3

    saan kukunin ng kandidato ang ginamit sa kampanya? mga konsehal ng syudad, 20 th lang ang sweldo per month, 36 months sila manungkulan, suma total 720 th per term, alisin mo pa tax, sweldo yan sa isang taon ng isang visor sa kumpanya. PAANO, nila babawiin ang ngastos ? korupsyon!!

  • dodong1

    kaya BOBO kayo kung iBOBOTO ninyo ang mga DINASOUR na politiko na yan…

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