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Duterte doubts Congress will pass anti-dynasty bill

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte believes the anti-political dynasty bill will not hurdle through Congress.

“Meron pa nga anti-dynasty diyan na hindi mapasa-pasa,” Duterte said in a news conference in Davao Friday.

He added that Davao City Rep. Mylene Garcia Albano (2nd District) will block passage of the measure.

“Hindi ‘yan mapasa-pasa kay hindi man papayag si Mylene diyan. Wala na mo. Hindi na ‘yan papasa maniwala ka. Walang… Lahat ng…,” according to him.

Duterte pointed out that political process in the Philippines has been dominated by the “power elite.”

“The power elite in this country, hindi man — lalo na ‘yung sa ibang lugar, they are… Kung hindi ka madala sa pera, armas — which never happened in Davao. We never had — had a history of political… Pero those, the… Anong tawag nito? The pressure group in a democracy lies in the hands of those who will make [the laws?],” the President said.

Also he lamented that system of feudalism remains in practice.

“Until now, the Philippines is in a feudal state. Why? Because lahat ng kailangan mo, ‘Mayor, pahingi ng eskwelahan, tubig, tulong, pera, pagkain’. Nakatutok doon sa mga politiko. That is why ‘yung feudal system continues,” Duterte said.

“Now, if you replace local government, maswerte ka kung may tao na matino, huwag mo na akong isali diyan para sabihin na — baka sabihin na ako lang. Tabla kaming lahat, view it as a total — in total dimension,” the chief executive said.