Breaking A Family Affair

By Leo Alejandrino

Posted at Nov 19 2012 10:04 AM | Updated as of Nov 19 2012 06:05 PM

The world’s two super-powers just elected their leader. America voted for  Obama with 118 million going to the polls. China ostensibly elected Xi Jinping but that is hard to tell because only a roomful of people (out of 1.3 billion) had anything to do with it.

The Philippines is itself into the election season. In theory about 40 million will choose the nation’s direction but in reality, like China, only a handful might do so. Thus, by June next year we could well have a Senate that is 25% controlled by three families, over 50% by overstaying incumbents, and a House that is dominated by less families than can fit in a bus. By 2016 this will include the Presidency. Philippine politics is becoming a family affair.

Political dynasties is like jaywalking, it is forbidden by law but nobody pays attention. There are calls for a boycott of political names and for a change in our culture but these are wailings in the wind. We need a real alternative if we are not to become slaves to political incest.

A family dynasty is defined as a monopoly of political power by a group related by blood and perpetuated over time. It is an ecosystem where power begets money and awareness, money and awareness translates to votes, and votes to power.

To break this loop there must be an alternative that is viable and attractive. It must have an ideology, it must be organized, it must be sustainable, and it must be funded. It must have a plan.

Here is a thought.


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