Why PNoy backs anti-dynasty law

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 28 2014 06:14 PM | Updated as of Aug 29 2014 06:06 AM

MANILA (UPDATED) – President Benigno Aquino III said he supports the enactment of a law against political dynasties law but aired concerns on the implications of having such a measure.

Speaking to Bombo Radyo, Aquino agreed that it is about time that the country pass an enabling law for the Constitutional provision that bars political dynasties.

He noted that his allies in Congress such as Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte are pushing for the passage of such a bill.

''Palagay ko nasa record naman. Nandiyan na ‘yung mga panukalang batas. Isa ho finile ni Congressman Erice ng Caloocan, at ulitin ko lang ho, si Speaker Belmonte na mismo ang nagsabi na talagang isusulong nila itong Anti-Dynasty na batas na ito na iliwanag na ‘yung provision ng Constitution at magkaroon na ng enabled law; at ‘pag naitapos ho nila ‘yan, ako’y handang-handa pirmahan na po ‘yung batas na ‘yan,'' Aquino said.

The President said an anti-dynasty law will guarantee a fair distribution of power and influence in the society.

''Di ba, parang isang pamilya sa isang lugar ay nasa kanila na lahat -economic, political, kung minsan pati ‘yung judicial pati ‘yung sa security sector puro kamag-anak nila ay baka mahirapan tayong magkaroon ng tinatawag na malaya at saka makatotohanang halalan,'' he said.

Aquino, however, said having an anti-dynasty law might result in the impairment of some rights of politicians.

''Ang hirap nga nito 'yung kawawa na rin kaming mga pulitiko kung tutuusin,'' he said.

''Kapag pulitiko ka dapat bawasan ‘yung karapatan mo, dapat mas mataas ‘yung su-scrutiny sa’yo, di ba? ‘Pag papanatili ng magandang pangalan, ‘pag sa pulitiko ka, mali dynasty. ‘Pag kunyari sa medicine, nag-retire ‘yung doktor mo, pumunta sa anak niya, una mong susubukan ‘yung anak niya."

The House of Representatives is currently tackling its version of the bill in plenary. The Senate version, on the other hand, remains at the committee level.