Political dynasty ‘not applicable’ to his family, says Bro. Eddie Villanueva

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 25 2019 06:13 PM

Eddie Villanueva, who is set to take a seat in the House of Representatives, says a family of public servants shouldn't automatically be called a political dynasty. Mark Demayo ABS-CBN News

MANILA—Jesus Is Lord Movement leader Bro. Eddie Villanueva said he would support measures prohibiting "real political dynasties," but added that the term was "not applicable" to his family.

Villanueva made his congressional comeback earlier this week after Citizens' Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) Party-list was awarded 2 seats in the 18th Congress.

His son, Joel Villanueva, is an incumbent senator, while his daughter, Joni, won the mayoralty of their hometown Bocaue in Bulacan.

"I'm against the real meaning of political dynasty," Rep. Villanueva told reporters on the sidelines of the party-list proclamation in Pasay City, Wednesday.

"Ang connotation ng political dynasty, mula sa lolo't lola, mula sa mga magulang, anak at apo, sila ang may control ng political power, economic power, electoral system.

"Political dynasty is not applicable to our family . . . Ang mga ninuno namin hindi pulitiko, ang mga magulang namin hindi pulitiko."

Families who want to serve the public must still be given a chance to do so, said Villanueva, who ran for president in the 2004 and 2010 national elections.

"Halimbawa, 'yung isang pamilya, pinalaki mo 'yung mga anak mo sa pagmamahal sa bayan, e 5 yung anak mo, 'yung isa naunang maglingkod sa bayan. 'Yung 4 hanggang sa tumanda na't mamatay, wala na karapatan maglingkod?" he said.

"Ang political dynasty must be properly used. It must not be used abusively."

Villanueva was among the nearly 50 party-list nominees who hailed from political familes, data from the ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group showed.