House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano sought to justify his family’s rule over Taguig by blaming term limits for the existence of political dynasties.
Cayetano said Monday (July 20) that term limits have caused “bitter political rivalries” that worsen in the run up to elections.
“So sabi nila, ayaw na nila ng dynasty. Ang nag-create po ng dynasty is ‘yung term limits, ‘di ba?” he said in the context of charter change proposals made by mayors recently.
“Katulad po dito sa Taguig, hindi ninais ng mga Cayetano na tatlo sa mataas na posisyon ay Cayetano. And problema, noong mayro’ng bitter political rivalry, dumating ako sa punto na binu-bulldozer ng isang mayor namin na hindi ko kasama ‘yung mga project na ginagawa ko at ginagawa ng DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways),” Cayetano added.
Under the Constitution, local politikos can only run for three consecutive three-year terms, for a total of nine years.
Cayetano represents Taguig’s first district. His wife Lani is the congresswoman of the city’s first district.
The Speaker’s brother, Lino, is Taguig’s mayor while sister Pia is a senator.