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Political dynasties must not be encouraged in the new proposed Bangsamoro region–Drilon

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Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon on Monday proposed that a provision that will prohibit “political dynasties” be included in the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Citing the passage of an anti-political dynasty provision in the Sanggunian Kabataan Reform Act in the last Congress, he believes “that it is highly possible that the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law would contain the same provision.”

“This is not something that we have not done yet. As a matter of policy, I think there is no debate that we should adopt an anti-political dynasty provision,” Drilon said.

“It may not be perfect and it may not be to the liking of the people in the ARMM (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao),” the Senate minority leader said.

He added, “But if you look at it objectively you will come to the conclusion that is it is a step in the right direction and it is a fair and necessary provision in order that we can finally bring lasting and meaningful reforms and development in Mindanao.”

Responding to suggestions to leave the matter to the Bangsamoro parliament, Drilon said: “I am afraid that if we leave it as is, I don’t think the Bangsamoro parliament will ever do it.”

“I will push for the inclusion of a prohibition on political dynasties. I am open to discuss the extent of the prohibition, but the anti-dynasty principle must be embodied in the BBL,” Drilon said.

“The policy of anti-political dynasty must be put across. We should not sweep it under the rug. It is an issue that must be confronted,” he said during a Senate hearing on the proposed measure that seeks to establish a Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BAR) replacing the current ARMM.