Robredo widow rejects political dynasties

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Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, who won against a political dynasty in her first bid for an electoral post in 2013, has thrown her support behind a proposed anti-political dynasty law.

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“I join [President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s] call for the expedient passage of the anti-dynasty bill. Since the enactment of the Constitution, our people have been clamoring for this specific measure that will give every Juan and Juana de la Cruz a chance to serve in government,” Robredo said in a statement.

A member of the ruling Liberal Party, she made the statement a few days after the President said in his sixth and last State of the Nation Address on July 27 that the time has come to pass such measure.

Under the proposed law, only two members of a political family will be allowed to run for public office in the same election.

Robredo, a lawyer, was referring to Article 2, Section 26 of the 1987 Constitution, which states, “The State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service, and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law.”

The wife of late former Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, she battled the political dynasty of the Villafuertes in her congressional bid in 2013.
She defeated Nelly Villafuerte–wife of then incumbent Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Villafuerte–by 71,000 votes.

The Villafuerte family has ruled the province since 1978.

“Unfortunately, since the implementation of the 1987 Constitution, no law has been passed to enable this principle [of anti-political dynasty]. This measure will guarantee an influx of new blood and idealism in the business of governance and development,” Rep. Robredo said.

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