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There are more “Political Dynasties” in the Philippines than ever!

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After the euphoria of the country’s first automated voting system, now comes the reality – there are more political families who won tandem posts. Is this the start (or return) of feudal-style politics in the Philippines?

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As of the unofficial tallies and electoral results, in 34 out of 80 provinces, political families won two (or tandem) posts – one as governor and the other in Congress. In 20 cities, the winning mayors had relatives also winning as congressional representative, governor or both.  (Click to see entire list or see below.)

These dynasties also seem to have mastered the art of skirting the three-term limit which was imposed in 1998. The new arrangement allows two or three family members to serve in office at the same time, coming after 12 years of experience lending one elective position to spouses, children or other relatives. Now, they could all sit in office together and still trade places when their terms are up.

Also, oe factor that could have carried families to victory in this year’s election was the practice of members splitting affiliation, to ensure they had a finger in every political pie.

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

May 13, 2010 at 7:47 pm

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