Drilon's Anti-Dynasty Bill
Published by the Visayan Daily Star
Editor-in-Chief & President
Bureau Chief, Dumaguete
MAJA P. DELY
|CARLOS ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA
At long last, a bill that the country needs and has hoped to be passed for a long time is in the works with the filing of Senate Bill No. 230 by Senate President Franklin Drilon. The bill, if finally passed into law, will fulfill the longing of so many of our people who have been condemning such practice, but could not seem to do anything about it.
This was probably because, even in Congress, we have so many examples of what could be considered dynasties, too, with close relatives having been elected to it, and continue to hold office, as more of their kin also get elected and join them. And then, also we have families whose offspring take over after their own terms have expired, as if the positions are, indeed, hereditary, as it is with dynasties.
The Drilon Bill, which we hope our other lawmakers will support, will establish the degree of relationships and set limits for members of families who want to also get elected, as if they have a divine right to the positions.
In filing his bill, Drilon said it will address the ill effects of political dynasties, especially in the countrysides. He noted that research has discovered a significantly negative effect on the upliftment of local living standards, and that lack of political competition leads to flawed politics. Furthermore, dynasties deny other members of the community, who may also have the leadership talents to offer to their towns, cities, and even barangays, that could be superior to those who are in power simply because of their relationship with incumbent leaders.
If anything, we believe that the drafting of the latest rules and regulations for the Sangguniang Kabataan, in the new SK Reform Law, has brought up this renewed interest in the Anti-Dynasty Law. Because, this time, the law covering the coming election of the SK, is very explicit in prohibiting any semblances to a dynasty in the election of its members.
This is one time when the elders should take a cue from the young officials and voters.*