Dean and Professor of NCPAG Dr. Edna E. A. Co will give the overview of the Philippine situation on political dynasties.
Objectives: provide an in-depth understanding of the phenomenon of political dynasty through info on and discussion of pending legislation.
Generate public awareness of the issue and its connection to PH leadership and governance.
Sketch alternative courses of action in dealing with the issue.
Dr. Co: Through this discussion, we hope we can spark the discussion to lead to action.
Dr. Co: What is a political dynasty? "families in w/c multiple members have held elected office." (Feinstein, 2010)
Next speaker: Senatorial Candidate (Makabayan), Rep. Teddy A. Casiño on "Philippine political dynasties must end."
Casiño on Cayetano-Enrile feud: Everything is about family. It's a matter of friends, families.
Casiño: They're just family friends. Ano pa kaya kung magkamag-anak yun?
Casiño: PH politics is about clans, about families.
Casiño: If you notice, level is until provincial level. When we drafted these bills we didn't contemplate that pol dynasties will reach natl. positions. If you look at senatorial candidates, you will see it reaches natl level.
Casiño: Bill up to 2nd level of consanguinity -covers spouses, in-laws.
Casiño: Public office is limited to ruling families. Voters out of convenience and mindset look to these families as dispensers of favors.
Casiño: When Jesse Robredo died, supporters insisted wife take over. Even if members don't want to join politics, voters themselves have the mindset that it's within the family.
Casiño: There are mini-monarchies in the provinces.
Casiño: Aquino admin, just like other admins are distancing themselves form pol. dynasty bill.
Casiño: A time will come where we can change the system but now it's one step at a time.
Senatorial candidate and Kapatiran Party President: Mr. John Carlos “JC” de los Reyes. "Dynasties are government privatization at its best"
De los Reyes: I am from a dynasty -the Gordon dynasty in Olongapo.
De los Reyes: When I was elected in 1995, I just came from the US finishing theology degree. I thought it was harmless.
De los Reyes: I saw how my grandmother helped when she was in the position. She encouraged me to run. I ran with the Gordon machinery. I was only 25.
De los Reyes: I saw that the charity wasn't right. It was uncharitable charity. You do good for the votes and the name of the family.
De los Reyes: A few months in the office I realized this wasn't the kind of politics I wanted. I questioned the policies of my family.
De los Reyes: My questions hurt my family. It was an awkward term for me. Way back I was already asking questions and finding solns. Recognizing problems. I realized this was a prevalent problem pervasive in the country.
De los Reyes: I was ashamed but I did not stop there.
De los Reyes: In retrospect, I could've been anybody I wanted if I maintained as a Gordon but I allowed myself to open my eyes and became a part of a party that fights political dynasties.
De los Reyes: During the 2010 elections, every forum, media event I went to, even in the streets, they would ask why as a Gordon, I was fighting.
De los Reyes: Whether you're a Gordon, Villafuerte -what do we really stand for?
De los Reyes: This is part of the three cancers we have as a nation: a wrong notion of what politics is, confused sense of common good, lack of responsible and accountable political parties.
De los Reyes: If Aquino rallied congress to pass key legislation, ang ganda ganda sana ng bayan natin.
De los Reyes: 27 years after EDSA we never developed concept of responsible and accountable political parties.
De los Reyes: Maceda said he would want to open 3 million jobs. I said that would be impossible as long as there are political dynasties.
De los Reyes: It's been draining to be an outcast in my own family.
Ms. Malou C Mangahas, Executive Director, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism
"About a third of the old clans have withered, another remain in power, and the remaining third are new arrivals reflecting more recent fortunes."