PHILIPPINES-ALL IN THE FAMILY
Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, daughter of late President Ferdinand Marcos, at the Provincial Capitol for flag ceremony, Sept 2010. Wikimedia Commons
The Philippine Daily Inquirer-Oct 31
Some three decades after the Constitution prohibited political dynasties “as may be defined by law,” and some three years after the first legislation to ban dynasties was enacted (a law prohibiting relatives of incumbent officials from contesting seats in the Sangguniang Kabataan), the open wound that is dynastic politics has only festered. And it looks like the infection will grow worse in the 2019 elections; we may in fact already be seeing symptoms of sepsis in the body politic.
First published in: The Philippine Daily Inquirer