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Walang kapatid, kamag-anak! Anti-dynasty bill gets senators’ backing

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The Senate minority bloc would “fight for” the passage of the anti political dynasty bill to level the political playing field.

Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon stressed this on Wednesday despite getting assurance from the majority group that it would support the measure.

Drilon’s fellow member in the minority bloc, Senator Kiko Pangilinan, on Wedneday sponsored on the floor the passage of the anti dynasty bill.

Asked whether he is hopeful that the said bill will be passed by the Senate, Drilon said, “We will fight for it.”

“One of the bills there considered there is the bill that I filed. This has a bipartisan support in the Senate,” he said.

“Majority in the Senate are supportive. In the Senate, there’s a good chance (that it will be approved),” he added.

Drilon said the only anti-dynasty bill or provision that was passed by Congress was the Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act, where relatives up to the 1stdegree of consanguinity or blood or civil relations are banned.

“Hanggang first cousin, relationship either by consanguinity or affinity are considered dynastic. That is how it is defined,” he said.

The senator from Iloilo noted that he pushed for that amendment in the version of the Senate on the BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law now called Bangsamoro Organic Law). “But it was not accepted,.”

“What came out was, to me, was a very weak anti-dynasty provision, which would govern only the election among the members of the Bangsamoro parliament,” he said.

“And even this watered-down anti-dynasty provision was objected to in the bicam. It is out of exasperation and frustration, I let it not stand in the way of passing the BBL,” he said.

Drilon added, “I don’t want the non-inclusion of anti-dynasty to stand in the way in the approval of the BBL.”