Palace still mum on anti-political dynasty bill


Posted at May 19 2013 04:18 PM | Updated as of May 20 2013 12:18 AM

MANILA - Malacanang won’t commit yet if it will support bills against political dynasties, saying to just wait for the next Congress.

“Let’s see what type of legislation, kung ano ho ‘yung parameters. Kasi, katulad naman ho ng sinabi ng Pangulong Aquino dati, dapat malinaw ho ‘yung batayan kung ano ‘yung bawal at ano po ‘yung pupuwede,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte told radio dzRB.

International observers earlier lamented that political dynasties were still common in the country.

Observers from the Compact for Peaceful and Democratic Elections-International Observers Mission (Compact-IOM) said: “Mechanisms to enforce the constitutional provision against political dynasties should be legislated.”

Among the senatorial candidates who made it in the top 12 is Bam Aquino, the President’s cousin.

The incidence of political dynasties was most common in the local elections, however.

Valte said political dynasties are prohibited in the Constitution “and it will be up to our legislators to put out any sort of legislation that would clarify the parameters. I understand that in the 15th Congress there were several bills that were pending pero iba-iba rin po ‘yung mga parameters na nilalatag dito.”

She did not say, however, if one will be included in the priority bills that would be forwarded to the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC).