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."
Mangahas: Those political families dying/ reinventing themselves are trying to get second wind via surrogates.
Mangahas: Political dynasties should also include those not just in elective but appointive positions.
Mangahas: Beyond elections, there's a lot of work to track when it comes to political families in the government.
Mangahas: 7 Ms of political dynasties: money -not just inherited but those from citizens.
Mangahas: Machinery -political parties, marriage, myth-making.
Mangahas: Some voters tend to think that way "tested na 'to. Okay na yan." Movies and media also assist in making a cult.
Mangahas: Mayhem and murder -organizing of private armies necessary.
Mangahas: Look at political families not apart from each other. Look at families at the national and local level and how they relate to each other -Arroyo and Ampatuans.
Mangahas: what's wrong with political families? How do we move story forward?