Strengthen political parties to end dynasties, experts say

Davinci Maru, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 13 2018 03:12 AM | Updated as of Mar 13 2018 06:43 AM

Southern Leyte Rep. Roger Mercado on Monday said strengthening political parties can help end political dynasties.

This, after a regulated ban on political dynasties was proposed by the consultative committee tasked by President Rodrigo Duterte to review the 1987 Constitution. The ban will cover relatives up to the second degree of consanguinity and affinity of incumbent elected officials.

"I think strengthening political parties can solve political dynasties, because we have this culture of looking for somebody who would really serve, with honesty, integrity, our people; has progressive idea to develop our own province and our country," the chairman of House Committee on Constitutional Amendments said in an interview with ANC's Talkback.

"But if we have a strong political party, with vision, with platform, anybody within that political party can be a successor, can run, because we are now assured that the policies of the party will be implemented by the member of that political party."

Political science professor Edmund Tayao, a member of the consultative committee, shares the same opinion.

"If the political party will be strengthened, it's the political party that will now have that task to not only choose the right candidate for the right position, but to prepare even a candidate for the right position," he said.

During the interview, Mercado and Tayao said they are in favor of regulating political dynasties.

"First, the people wants it and secondly, we want our government that is really open to anybody who wants to serve our constituencies," Mercado said.

On his part, Tayao said, "I'm convinced that we've been looking at the profile of Congress and at least as far as the counting is concerned, more than 70% are from political dynasties."