Petition for a Philippine Anti-Dynasty Law

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The Philippines has been struggling with political dynasties for as long as we can remember. Not only does this reduce the chances for adequate representation, political dynasties have become a viable enterprise for the elite few. 

The 1987 Constitution states very clearly that the “State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law.”

Several bills have been filed in the previous and current Congress but none of it became a law because a lot of the members of both the House of Representatives and the Senate are part of political dynasties. 

According to Congressman Lawrence Fortun, the author of an Anti-Dynasty Bill that has been languishing in Congress for more than a year now, more than 70% of the members of the House of Representatives are part of the problem that the bill he authored tries to solve. 

Another hurdle is President Duterte himself. In his 2020 SONA, the President mentioned that it is impossible to have an Anti-Dynasty Law considering that the lawmakers are the very people violating this. In 2018, he expressed his hate for political dynasty but said that they are forced by the will of the people. In fact, the President started one of the most powerful political dynasties in the country.

The Congressmen, especially those in the lower house, were elected to represent their constituents and enact laws that will serve the interest of the Filipino people. We are initiating this petition to pressure our Congressmen to enact a Philippine Anti-Dynasty Law for the benefit of their constituents.

Please share this to your friends and together, let us end political dynasty once and for all.