Duterte to be first ‘victim’ of anti-political dynasty provision – Con-com
President Rodrigo Duterte would be the first “victim” of the anti-political dynasty provision finalized by the Consultative Committee (Con-com) reviewing the 1987 Constitution.
Lawyer Reuben Canoy, Radio Mindanao Network founder and a Con-com member, made the remark as he cast his vote in favor of finalizing the provision that imposes a “regulated ban” against political dynasties from participating in the country’s politics.
“It is ironic that the person who crated this committee will be the first victim of our provision,” Canoy said in his speech before casting his vote.
Under the anti-political dynasty provision, children are not allowed to succeed their parents as elective officials.
“No person related to an incumbent elective official within the second civil degree of consanguinity or affinity, as described above, can run for the same position in the immediately following election,” the provision states.
While the provision may affect “current political players,” Con-com member and De La Salle University Dean Julio Teehankee said that they were only doing what was necessary.
Teehankee said that they were mandated by Duterte himself to come out with a provision that would effectively address the issue.
He also discussed how the anti-political dynasty provision would affect Duterte and his daughter Sara.
Sara is currently the mayor of Davao City, the Duterte clan’s hometown.
“It was raised as a part of the discussion (on the matter). We followed the instruction of the President. To be fair, he said that ‘we must do what is necessary’,” Teehankee told reporters.
“We are just following the instructions of the President. To be fair, he did not direct us towards any position, but rather, the only time we met him after we took our oath of office, (he told us) to do what is necessary,” the DLSU dean added.
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