Albayanos give mixed views on political dynasty

November 10, 2012 12:23 am 

By Connie B. Destura

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 9 — Is there anything wrong with political dynasties? Yes and no, depending on who's answering the question.

Dr. Alvin Ravalo says it is present in democratic societies, adding that there will always be a strong few who will always prevail upon the weaker majority. "And it will rest upon our shoulders whether we will make democracy live up to its name, or let society slip back to the dark ages."

Atty. Evan Domasian says no family or lineage has the monopoly of good leadership. Democracy, he added, can be more effective if everyone will have the chance to exercise power.

A dynasty, Domasian pointed out, deprives people of opportunity to show leadership skills and talents.

On the other hand, journalist Jonas Cabiles Soltes says there is nothing wrong with a political dynasty because every person has the right to run for a position. The problem, he says, lies on the country's electoral system, where there is no leveled playing field. The incumbent, he said, always has the advantage while the challenger is the underdog.

Alan O. Ranola, city councilor, in a text message to the Philippines News Agency, says he's not in favor of political dynasties because these usually become breeding grounds for corruption.

Lodette Soledad, a nurse, says she is not in favor of political dynasties but the voters are to blame because they are the ones who put those politicians in power.

She is urging the electorate to effect change in the Philippine political system by voting for other candidates who may be as competent, if not more capable of serving the people than the existing politicians. (PNA)



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