Anti Political Dynasty

Anti-Dynasty Provisions in Legislation

“Kung ikukumpara sa ibang bansa, mataas ang porsyento ng mga magkakamag-anak na nanunungkulan sa ating goberyno: 75% ng mga mambabatas sa Pilipinas ay mula sa isang dinastiya kumpara sa 42% sa Thailand at 33% sa Japan.”12

The recently passed SK Reform bill has an Anti-Dynasty provision. This is the first piece of legislation in the country that has this kind of provision.

“SK official either elective or appointive must NOT have any relative in elective public office within the second degree of consanguinity of affinity.”

Though this is a step in the right direction, more needs to be done to lessen the prevalence of political dynasties in the country.

Leni is a co-author House Bill 3587, which is also referred to as Anti-Political Dynasty bill, which in its current form aims to prohibit relatives of up to the second civil degree of consanguinity or affinity to run for any elective position.

  1. Share of dynastic legislators in parliament: 75% in the Philippines compared to 42% in Thailand, 40% in Mexico, and 33% in Japan among others
  2. “There are now several studies confirming the strong links between dynastic prevalence and deep poverty and human deprivation.” The 10 poorest provinces in the Philippines in 2012 (poverty incidence of 43.49% or higher) have dynastic shares that range from 22.10% to 64.45%.