Nancy: Anti-dynasty bill should cover entire govt

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Sen. Nancy Binay on Tuesday said the proposed enabling law that will put teeth to the constitutional prohibition against political dynasties should cover the entire government system and should not be limited to elective positions.

Binay, eldest daughter of Vice President Jejomar Binay, was reacting to a part of President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s State of the Nation Address on Monday where he made a pitch for the anti-dynasty bill.

The senator said having a policy against family members being appointed to different departments in the executive branch is also important considering that their appointment is based on the discretion of one person.

She added that if there will be a law that would disallow families who want to serve the people through elective posts there, there should also be a policy that would prevent members of families holding positions in various departments of the government simultaneously.


“There should be a law on appointments because it is not the will of the people,” Binay pointed out.

She refused to give names when asked if she could give an example of a family whose members were appointed to various government offices.

Records, however, show that members of the Aquino Cabinet have relatives occupying elective posts and and/or appointed to various government positions.

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad’s daughter, Julia, heads the Presidential Management Staff, and son Luis used to be the chief of staff of Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima. Abad’s wife, Henedina, is the congressional representative of Batanes and is Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala has eight relatives in the government. His brother, Vicente, represents the second district of Quezon in the House of Representatives.

Meanwhile, Sen. Cynthia Villar said that even if Senate managed to pass its version of the anti-dynasty bill, the possibility of it becoming a law is dim as it might face strong opposition from the House of Representatives.

She added that it would be difficult for the anti-political dynasty bill to get support from congressmen because many of the members of the chamber have relatives holding elective positions.

“I believe that to be able to pass the law, it should be passed by the House first,” Villar said.

Senator Aquilino Pimentel 3rd, chairman of the Senate Committee on Electoral Reforms and People’s Participation, earlier said he would be filing a substitute anti-political dynasty bill to expand the coverage of the measure.

Pimentel added that under his substitute bill, only one member of a family will be allowed to hold a national position.

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  1. Thats fine Sen. Binay! Kayo ang Senador Madam Binay pagdumaan na sayo ng anti-Dynasty Law bill di insert mo ang gusto mo na yan. Di mo na kailangan sabihin sa media, do your job binabayaran ka ng taong bayan pra gumawa ng batas. Abangan ko yan ha sana mag co-author ka kay Sen. Santiago ng anti-dynasty bill para naman makabawi ka.

  2. Johnny Ramos on

    Don’t worry Nancy this anti Dynasty will never become a law. Your seat mates there won’t allow it. Just look at the City of Taguig it has a Cayetano as mayor and a congressman. Pia and Alan Cayetano are both senators. On appointing family members in Pnoy administration like the Abad is clear example of violation of the nepotism law or maybe the law was circumvented because it was Pnoy who was appointing them but the influence of the Abad is a great factor. I believe this anti dynasty is a violation of our basic human rights. They are elected by the people and people wills is an act of God.

  3. It is about time to put families of crook politician whose only livelihood is corruptions,like the Binay family who got rich thru corruption.Need to expand the NBI to have a department that only deal with corruptions of politicians and government employees.

  4. Just a bunch of talk to put themselves in the news. It’s been 28 years since the 1987 constitution prohibited family dynasties but congress has refused to define the law since then because it effects their family dynasties

    The government is entirely composed of family dynasties and incompetent appointee’s, the entire infrastructure of the country has been allowed to crumble due to the politicians stealing half the budget every year.

    Good luck

  5. P.Akialamiro on

    “Pardon, Madam Senator,.your slip is showing”. Dynasty cannot be ‘formed’ by appointed government officials. Normally, the appointment of a government official is ‘co-terminus’ with the term of the appointing authority.

    My general understanding of the Anti-Dynasty Law is that, it will ban the candidacy and election of certain family members within a certain degree of an elected govoernment official. And, in the case of appointing family members in non-elective position, is already covered by the civil service rules on ‘nepotism’..