Leyte Samar Daily Express
Almost two decades have passed since the adoption of the 1987 Constitution yet Congress has still to act on one of the very important provisions of the Philippine constitution, Article II, Sec. 26 which states: “The state shall generated equal access to opportunities of public service, and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law.”
This law was adopted because of a very sad experience during the Marcos regime on what appeared to be strong concentrations of power in the family or group which stifled political dissent and in the end undermined real democracy.
To recall that during the Marcos years under the 1974 Constitution Ferdinand Marcos was President. First Lady Imelda, was Metro Manila Governor, Imee, Kabataang Barangay National Chairman and Bongbong was Vice Governor of Ilocos Norte.
Philip Romualdez, son of former Governor Kokoy and a brother of 1st Dist. Representative FM Romualdez has been reported to be coming home to run for Governor of Leyte in 2013. With the existing conjugal partnership in Tacloban City of Mayor Alfred and wife Cristina, a re-emerging Romualdez dynasty are now being reinstated and effectively on the works.
Other political dynasties are emerging in Region 8 to include the likes of the Petillas, the Apostols of the 2nd District of Leyte, to include the Espinas of Biliran and Tans of Samar albeit subject of recall at the moment, and the Mercados of Southern Leyte.
Political dynasties will be here to stay forever because no Congressman will dare sponsor a bill on the abolition of this ugly common practice because most of them are either the dynasty headman himself at the moment or a beneficiary in the family who also aspires for a political position in the future.
Political dynasties strengthen abuse of power and privileges. It bars the opportunity of other well-meaning and probably better leaders and ably prepared other citizens to do better than those occupying positions that belong to a well-entrenched existing political dynasty.
Political dynasties discourage ordinary young but gifted people to aspire for an elective position in any area with the existence of well-entrenched political dynasties, an effective stumbling block to the dreams.
-Leyte Samar Daily Express