There is an anti-dynasty bill languishing in Congress and it appears members of Congress do not have the appetite to push it into aa law. One hundred and fifty political families control the country’s political destiny which directly impacts on the people’s social and economic lives, among other things. This inequality in distribution of political power reflects the “imperfection in democratic representation.” and the engine for corruption.
On the income distribution side, top 1% of families numbering some 180,000 in 2006 earned more than four fifths of the country’s national income. In the last Congress (14th) 76% of the members of the House come from a political family. In the first quarter of 2010 the rise in GDP was attributed to political spending prior to the election.
People cry foul with midnight appointees but they remain silent on Article II Section 26 of the 1987 constitution prohibiting the existence of political dynasties. The Aquinos, the Estradas, the Macapagals and the Marcoses must all be having fun with political dynasties and singing on top of their voices ”what a beautiful country!”
Dr. Nestor P. Baylan
New York City