A congressman said on Friday he is confident the Anti-Political Dynasty bill will be approved, even if it means making some compromises.
“We are working on a compromise. If we cannot get 100 percent, we’ll settle for 50 percent,” Caloocan City Rep. Egay Erice told The Manila Times. Erice was one of the speakers at a forum on political dynasties in University of the Philippines Diliman on Friday.
Erice said a compromise entails limiting the scope of the measure to two members per family, “so I think it’s a good start. The Speaker is amenable to it, many members are amenable to it.”
“Of course we will need public pressure so I have some strategies, I’ll be doing a campaign against political dynasty maybe early next year in time for voting on second reading,” he said.
Erice said he thinks most of the Liberal Party’s original members are amenable to the bill.
The lawmaker stressed the need to pass the draft law in order to enable the prohibition of the Constitution against political dynasties and finally define what a political dynasty is.
The bill has passed the committee on suffrage and is up for plenary debates. It is the first time in almost 30 years that the bill has gone so far.
At the same forum, Dr. Temario Rivera, former UP Political Science Department Chairperson and prize-winning author of the book Landlords and Capitalists, said that an Anti-Dynasty Law is “necessary” but “not enough.”
Rivera said that reforms are needed to defeat a dynasty, specifically the need to reexamine the shift to a parliamentary system where every party will have a chance to be represented.
He suggested a modification to automated elections where the tallying of votes will be counted manually.
Another forum speaker, Dr. Ronald Mendoza, AIM Economist, said that aside from reforms and the Anti-Dynasty Law, there is a need for the youth to participate in politics.
“It is only in this country where we do not have young people who actually think they [can lead the country]. This is the biggest travesty,” Mendoza said.