Senate bet wants Congress to define dynasties

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 28 2013 02:21 PM | Updated as of Jan 28 2013 10:21 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Senatoriable Ricardo Penson filed a petition with the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday, urging the high court to compel the Senate and House of Representatives to enact legislation defining "political dynasties" and determine the circumstances under which it is prohibited under the Constitution.

In a 20-page petition, Penson pointed out that political dynasties are prohibited by virtue of Sec. 26, Art. II of the 1987 Constitution which states: "The State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law."

"Despite its having been in effect since more than a quarter of a century, the term 'political dynasty' has not yet been made the subject of legislation enacted by the respondents such that, in the meantime, the political and economic life of not less than 90 million Filipinos continue to be controlled and/or dictated upon by 4 political clan alliances (Lakas, NPC, LDP, LP)..." the petition read.

Penson pointed out that it is the responsibility of Congress to define political dynasties since the constitutional bar is "not self executing."