Cayetano: No such thing as political dynasty if elections are fair
MANILA - Outgoing Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Wednesday said there are no such thing as political dynasties if elections are fair, but he would not stop any law barring these in the country.
Cayetano will be running as representative of the Taguig-Pateros district, with the aim of being the House Speaker to help advance the plans of the Duterte administration.
His wife, Lani, the current mayor of Taguig City, will run as representative of the city's second district. His brother, Lino, will try to be Lani's successor.
His eldest sister, Pia, currently the representative of Taguig, is gunning for a Senate seat.
Cayetano claimed a mayoral candidate and their rival in the first district are siblings, while they are also facing a father-son tandem in the second district.
"There are many, many people qualified. Pero sa second district, sinabi nila sa amin, kahit hindi Cayetano, yung mga kakampi namin tatakbo. Why run if you’re going to lose?" he told ANC's Headstart.
"If you win, may vision ka for the country eh and Lani is the best person in the second district, who knows the problem, who can solve the problem ng second district," he said.
But Cayetano, a sitting senator who lost in the 2016 vice-presidential race before being tapped to be the top diplomat, said he "will not stop" a law preventing political dynasties.
"I think there’s no such thing as dynasty as long as fair 'yung elections. But if the majority of our lawmakers and people want it, I won’t stop it. So what kung isa lang sa amin ang pwedeng tumakbo? May private life kami. We can work through foundations, in the private sector," he said.
"But while ganito yung law, the reality of the dynamics on the ground is that if magkalaban kayo, your city suffers, a house divided nga will fall," he said.