Rappler's latest stories on political dynasty
‘Anti-democratic’ to ban dynasties, say lawmakers from political clans
'This is very anti-democratic because there are families elected democratically,' argues Isabela 1st District Representative Tonypet Albano
29% of local posts now occupied by 'fat' political dynasties
Ateneo School of Government Dean Ronald Mendoza says political dynasties with members simultaneously occupying more than one elective post have grown by about 1% per election period since 1988
Pia Cayetano defends political clan: 'We're elected'
Senator Pia Cayetano, who has 4 relatives in elected positions, says she keeps an 'open mind' regarding anti-dynasty bills
Duterte to Cayetanos: When will our dynasties end?
President Duterte also weighs in on his 3 older children – he approves of Sara, is happy Sebastian is into public service, but he doesn't see much of his eldest son Paolo
Drilon brings back anti-political dynasty bill in 18th Congress
'The Constitution entrusted to Congress the duty to end political dynasties. Unfortunately, we have failed in our duty and, hence, political dynasty still persists and so does poverty,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon
Dynasty members, old names capture new districts in 2019
Meanwhile, in two areas where there will be new districts after 2019, political dynasties and prominent politicians grab important local posts
[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Si Bikoy at ang walong di dapat iboto
Isang linggo na lang at eleksyon na. Gamitin natin ang balota upang tiyaking hindi makakapasok ang mga ito sa Senado.
[OPINION] The pols in our stars... and in SALNs too
SALNs can also track political dynasties, not just politicians' wealth
10 of 14 Senate bets in winning circle come from political dynasties
The 24-member Senate under the next Congress will be filled with members from political dynasties
[OPINION] Comelec’s role in implementing ban on political dynasties
If the SK Reform Act already defines ‘political dynasty,’ then it can be a basis for Comelec to rule on disqualification cases
[OPINION] Abolishing term limits will entrench dynasties
Simply removing term limits at this point will secure the political foothold of many already fat political dynasties
[OPINION] Return of the clans
Political clans have not disappeared. Duterte has made them stronger. Duterte’s shoot-from-the-hip style of governance and more pervasive incompetence has weakened the central government.
Manny Pacquiao: 'Too much democracy is bad for the Philippines'
But at the same time, Senator Manny Pacquiao uses democracy to defend his stance against laws banning political dynasties and turncoatism
[OPINION] Term limits: Should we abolish them?
Tinkering with the formal rules isn’t nearly enough to see lasting political reforms. We need to revamp as well the informal norms that pervade our political culture.
Mangudadatu refutes study linking poverty, political dynasties in Mindanao
Other senatorial candidates who come from political families – JV Ejercito and Francis Tolentino – have opposing views on creating a law to ban dynasties
[OPINION] Why federalism won't work with political dynasties in power
Dynastic politicians will not hesitate to hijack the federalism agenda to perpetuate themselves in their positions of power
Where do 2019 senatorial bets stand on key national issues?
When the senatorial campaigns kick off, check the candidates' claims against this list of issues that have so far made headlines in 2018
LOOK: Political dynasties use party list as backdoor to Congress
Here are some people with familiar family names, trying to get to the House of Representatives without running in district polls
Duterte: ‘Ayaw ko ng dynasty, but we are forced’
President Rodrigo Duterte claims his daughter Sara forced her younger brother, Sebastian, to run as her vice mayor in Davao City
[OPINION] Historical rejection of political dynasties
What is only clear from the compelling lessons of history is that political dynasty is rejected in bloodshed and should not recur and continue
Federalism to worsen political violence in regions – PCIJ
Political analyst Julio Teehankee says 'unintended consequences' of federalism include 'escalated political rivalry and electoral violence among political clans'
Why Drilon didn't push for anti-dynasty in BBL bicam
'As a form of protest, I did not argue and push for its adoption anymore because the provision, as crafted, is useless,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, proponent of the anti-political dynasty provision
Bicam drops anti-dynasty provision in Bangsamoro bill
(2nd UPDATE) The Bangsamoro Transition Commission, some members of which belong to political families, has strongly opposed the ban on dynasties, saying it is a 'clear violation' of a person's right to vote and be voted
[OPINION] Practical questions on the Sangguniang Kabataan law's anti-dynasty provision
The law is not perfect and has exploitable loopholes, but having it in the first place, even in its diluted form, is already next to miraculous
[OPINION] Suspending elections involves shameless power grab
The statement of President Duterte that he will step down in 2022 even if a federal constitution is passed is as good as his campaign promise to ride a jet ski to the Spratlys
Duterte's wish: For his grandson to be Davao City mayor
President Rodrigo Duterte is joined in his Sulu trip by his grandson, Omar Duterte, son of Paolo Duterte with his former wife, Lovelie Sangkola Sumera
Anti-political dynasty bill, Quo warranto petition vs Sereno, Evasco on rice importation | Evening wRap
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13 senators sign panel report approving bill vs dynasties
The bill covers spouses, siblings, parents, and children; and the spouses of these second-degree relatives
Duterte on political dynasties, Bus crash, Cambridge Analytica controversy| Midday wRap
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Duterte backs anti-political dynasty bill but doubts Congress will approve it
(UPDATED) Duterte himself comes from a family of politicians dominating Davao
Con-Com finalizes wording of anti-dynasty provision
The vote of the Consultative Committee is a step toward regulating political dynasties but will Congress, full of scions of such dynasties, adopt the body's recommendation?
Aguirre orders probe into NBI panel, Con-Com on political dynasty, Trump sacks Tillerson | Midday wRap
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Con-Com allows 2 family members to run in same elections
The federal constitution to be proposed will allow two family members to run if one is seeking a national post and the other is seeking a local or regional post
Con-Com votes to regulate political dynasties in new charter
(UPDATED) The Con-Com votes for a self-executing provision in the new constitution that will cover relatives up to the 2nd degree of consanguinity and affinity
Con-Com leaning toward regulating political dynasties in proposed charter
The group reaches a tentative agreement to include a provision regulating political dynasties in the constitution it will propose to President Rodrigo Duterte
[OPINION] Duterte’s Cha-Cha disempowers Filipinos, especially poor, marginalized
Duterte's Cha-Cha will in fact create a new dictatorship even as it strengthens and expands the political dynasties’ monopoly on power
Sereno won’t resign, Malacañang on joint exploration, Duterte on UN rapporteurs | Evening wRap
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[OPINION] Duterte’s Cha-Cha reverses gains of EDSA
At the very least, these proposed amendments grant immense powers to Duterte and effectively dismantle whatever system of checks and balances there is
More 'dangers' if federalism pursued before anti-dynasty law, says Robredo
Vice President Leni Robredo says the absence of an anti-dynasty law under a federal system may lead to the emergence of 'fiefdoms' nationwide
Senate committee seeks to ban dynasties, turncoatism in Bangsamoro
Read the other salient features of the Senate's proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, which seeks to give political and fiscal autonomy to the region
Alvarez’s flip-flop on Cha-Cha hit in forum
'I find it absurd that some brilliant mind in the House said that they should just vote jointly. No,' says a UE law professor on Speaker Alvarez
Bangsamoro region will fail if dynasties are not banned, lawmakers told
Ateneo School of Government dean Ronald Mendoza says 3 out of the 5 poorest provinces in the country are in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and have a high share of 'fat dynasties'
Experts suggest compromise for Congress: Regulate, not ban, dynasties
Having family members in office all at the same time could be prohibited, while having family members serving one after another could be allowed
A comparison of Cha-Cha proposals: From federalism to foreign equity
Here are some of the topics among the proposed changes to the 1987 Constitution
Inclusion of anti-dynasty provision in BBL pushed in Senate
Members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, however, oppose the proposal, saying it would send a signal that the Bangsamoro people are being 'singled out' for a national issue
New constitution must directly ban political dynasties – former SC justice
However, UP political scientist Clarita Carlos says banning political dynasties goes against the citizens' constitutionally provided power to vote
Framers of 1987 Constitution: Charter change, federalism not the answer
'If we do not trust the process, how can we trust the outcome?' ask some members of the Commission that drafted the 1987 Constitution
Digong is boss, not the bayan's champion
Duterte has nationalized this local way of doing politics with its associated coercive features vulgar argot and a more personalized patronage system
Is federalism the silver bullet?
If federalism is to bring fundamental change then the dynasties and the oligarchs should face greater competition
Should the party-list system go?
Seats in the House of Representatives may be taken away by law but a genuine organization with a real constituency and real advocacies cannot be melted by the mere stroke of a pen