Ban the clans: Ex-poll chief says SK reform law bans dynasties


Posted at Dec 06 2018 09:13 AM

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MANILA - A former poll chief believes the anti-dynasty provision in the Sangguniang Kabataan Reform law has already activated the Constitution's ban on political clans.

Speaking to ANC Thursday, poll lawyer Sixto Brillantes Jr. said the SK Law's anti-political dynasty provision should be applicable to elective officials in other positions.

"My own belief is that should apply already to everybody else because there is already a law. The SK law is a law. The definition there does not limit it to SK," he said.

The law bans an individual within the second civil degree of consanguinity or affinity to any elected official to seek election or to be appointed to any position in the SK.

This is the first anti-dynasty provision enacted since the ratification of the 1987 Constitution—a charter that mandates Congress to ban political clans.

A taxpayer has moved to use the SK law's anti-dynasty provision in a bid to ban the congressional bid of former Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and his wife Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano.

Brillantes said the Commission on Elections can rule on this petition but he hopes it would be elevated to the Supreme Court to settle the issue on the scope of the SK law's anti-dynasty provision.

"The Constitution only required an enabling law, and there is an enabling law now which defines political dynasties. We would like the Supreme Court to rule on this," Brillantes pointed out.

The former poll chief believes many politicians will be affected if the Supreme Court rules that the SK anti-dynasty provision is applicable to other elective officials.

He said it is about time to ban dynasties which have become rampant throughout the country after Congress failed to pass an anti-dynasty law in the past 3 decades.

"Overkill na ang dynasty at this point in time... All kinds of dynasties should be prohibited, under the Constitution—fat, thin, kahit anong klase—it has to be prohibited," Brillantes said.