MANILA - In a close vote, the consultative body on possible amendments to the Constitution on Monday adopted a proposal to regulate, rather than ban political dynasties.
Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno, who chairs the consultative committee, voted to break the tie in favor of regulation, which won with 10 votes as against a total ban on dynasties.
Former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel Jr., who voted for a ban, said mere regulation would enable "loopholes."
Aside from Puno, those who voted to regulate political dynasties were Eddie Alih, Ali Balindong, Virgilio Bautista, Ferdinand Bocobo, Roan Libarios, Randolph Parcasio, Bienvenido Reyes, Rodolfo Robles, and Edmund Tayao.
Those who voted with Pimentel include Antonio Arellano, Susan Ubalde-Ordinario, Arthur Aguilar, Reuben Canoy, Laurence Wacnang, Julio Teehankee, Antonio Nachura, and Victor de la Serna.
The consultative committee also voted to extend the scope of the regulation up to the second degree of consanguinity and affinity.
First degree of consanguinity covers parents and children, while second degree of consanguinity includes grandparents, grandchildren and brothers/sisters of politicians.
First degree of affinity includes parents-in-law while second degree of affinity covers brothers and sisters-in-law and grandparents-in-law.