Philippines: Duterte doubts passage of anti-dynasty bill

  • President Duterte is in favor of a bill banning political dynasties but doubts if it would be passed by Congress.
  • Duterte said there are instances when voters want the children of politicians to continue the projects of their parents.
  • Duterte cited his experience in Davao City, where he served as mayor for 23 years. He said his constituents supported his daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio, because they are in favor of his measures to promote law and order.
  • “So I don’t know but Inday really is a – she’s a character and she can be mean. The Davaoeños want to continue what I did. What did I do?” the President said, referring to his daughter by her nickname.
  • “Why is it so peaceful, so clean? Drugs are minimal and the law and order is very good. It took me about three terms really to perfect the system. And that came without (second) thoughts,” he added.
  • Duterte said he gained the support of people from Davao City despite the spate of deaths tied to his anti-illegal drugs campaign.
  • “They said many people died. Many people really died. Perhaps many really wanted to get rid of the drugs,” the President said.
  • Earlier this month, Duterte said political dynasties are not necessarily bad, citing his daughter Sara, who he said was “running the show very well.””
  • Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos agrees with the President, seeing the difficulty in stopping political dynasties because of the reality of local politics.
  • Marcos told local journalists in Pangasinan that she was with Duterte for the LMP meeting, where everyone was anti-dynasty.
  • “But it is difficult how that would be passed as 60 % or 67% in the local (level is a) dynasty,” said Marcos.
  • She acknowledged that it is an unfair advantage for families that already have name recall or have wide network while incumbent, “but we also see the rise of new leadership.”
  • Marcos noted that it is the first time that an anti-dynasty provision has been provided in the law for the Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

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