VP Binay defends daughter, political dynasties

By Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 06 2013 10:16 AM | Updated as of May 06 2013 06:16 PM

NAGA CITY-In defense of his daughter whose Senate candidacy has often been criticized, Vice President Jejomar Binay argued that there is nothing wrong with political dynasties.

Speaking at a proclamation rally in Goa town on Sunday, Binay described his daughter, Nancy, as a victim of bad politics.

Nancy, who has consistently ranked high in pre-election surveys, has drawn flak for her lack of experience in public office and refusal to participate in debates. Some say her popularity comes only from her family name.

"Kung anu-ano ang sinasabi sa anak ko. Para bang kasalanang mortal ang maging tatay niya ang vice president," Vice President Binay said.

Binay went on to defend political dynasties while sharing the stage with 3rd district Rep. Luis Villafuerte Sr. and 4th district Rep. Arnulfo Fuentebella, who belong to two ruling families in Camarines Sur.

"Ano ba ang isyu sa dynasty?" Binay said. "Binigay sa bawat mamamayan ang tungkuling mamili ng kanyang ihahalal. Bakit naman ho magkakaroon ng pagbabawal sa isang anak o isang kamag-anak na kakandidato?"

Binay said members of families who have been in politics for a long time must not be deprived of the chance to run for public office as long as they are willing and capable to serve.

The Constitution prohibits political dynasties, but Congress has yet to pass a law defining dynasties and actually banning them.