MANILA – After seeing the ''evils'' of having a political family entrenched in Philippine politics, President Aquino is now pushing for the passage of an anti-political dynasty bill in Congress, a Palace spokesperson said.
Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the president was not referring to a particular family when he pushed for the anti-dynasty bill during his final State of the Nation Address (SONA).
''Maybe as a general principle he saw the evil of an entrenched political family that does not really do public service. So the evil is greater than the good,'' Lacierda said in an interview on ABS-CBN News Channel's ''Beyond Politics''.
Lacierda said Aquino saw the proposed measure as a solution to the ills of having family members pass on local or even national positions from one member to another.
''Certainly the Anti-Dynasty Bill would be a solution to 'unli-power.' You cannot have someone naman forever staying in power,'' he said.
''Eventually, at some point, not all members of that same political family are created in the same mold, for instance, of the initial public servant… It's possible that some of the descendants would succumb to the political entitlements, and thus therefore forget the true meaning of public service."
According to Lacierda, Aquino was initially reluctant to push for a bill that will enable a Constitutional provision against political dynasties.
''When he started in the campaign, he was also thinking about the good people who are serving. How are the good people who have really made public service what it truly is: public service. I suppose the threat of the evil of perpetuation of a political family prevailed on his idea, on his view,'' Lacierda said.