Two young outspoken lady mayors from smaller but progressive cities took turns in expounding on the advantages and disadvantages of political dynasties, even if they, themselves, are beneficiaries, if not victims, of such political realities.
The duo: Bais City Mayor Karen Villanueva and Iriga City Camarines Sur Mayor Madelaine Alfelor-Guzman. They are both scions of years of political clans in their respective areas. Their forum at the Silliman Hall was sponsored by the Salonga Law Center under Atty. Myrish Cadapan-Antonio.
Until such time Congress will pass the law under the Constitutional prohibition of political dynasties, present and future generations of politicians will continue to enjoy and the poor masses be governed under unsolicited tolerance under such undesirable system evidenced by such Constitutional prohibition.
According to the speakers, the positive aspects of political dynasties are:
The element of trust and proven capacity as evidenced by the people’s continued patronage; continuity of good ongoing projects and advocacies; goodwill and the “suki” system among Filipinos; cumulative experience for the general welfare, which are above personal ambitions.
It is evidence of tradition of service to the people through integrity, honor and prestige. Why discriminate the good political family members from serving the people? They asked.
The two speakers cited that the bad part of political dynasties include:
Continued control of government resources, which are used to control voters until service becomes power; this leads to abuse of power;
Many regard political clans as above and beyond the reach of the law, and worse, some claim they can get away with crimes;
Finally, with no implementing law passed, the political dynasties will continue because they are not formally prohibited by law. (With reports from members of the MC145 NORSU Masscom class)