Political Dynasty

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I. Introduction Politics in the Philippines has been under the control of a few notable families. It is normal for a politician's son, wife, brother, or other kinsman, to run for the same or other government office. The term coined by Filipinos to describe this practice is "Political dynasty", the equivalent of an oligarchy in political science. One can trace its roots from the Spanish colonial times where favored families of the mestizo stock, or the Illustrados were given responsibilities of Gobernadorcillo, or Alcalde. As such, these men have wielded some influence in their communities, and patronage politics was a common undertaking. After the Philippine-American War, the United States colonial authorities took under their wings…show more content…
One example would be Sergio Osmeña Jr., a worthy public official in his own right, who might have been disqualified for being the son of his illustrious father. And might Manuel Roxas II be also excluded for being the son of Gerardo Roxas who was the son of a former president? The credentials of this family are unquestionable. Without making any judgment on the effects of such temporary substitutions on the public welfare, I will mention some current or recent evasions of the policy against political dynasties. In Makati City, Jejomar Binay finished three terms as mayor, was succeeded by his wife for one term, and then returned to his former post. Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chief Bayani Fernando also retired as mayor of Marikina City, where his wife now sits in his place. Ben Hur Abalos replaced his father, now chair of the Commission on Elections, as mayor of Mandaluyong City. In Las Piñas City, Nene Aguilar was succeeded by his wife as mayor, and Manuel Villar, a member by affinity of his wife?s clan, was replaced by her in the House of Representatives when he became a senator. There are now two Estradas in the Senate and another relative of Joseph Estrada is eyeing the same chamber on the strength mainly of his father?s name. JV Ejercito will campaign for his mother to succeed him as
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