By KIMBERLIE NGABIT-QUITASOL
BAGUIO CITY — A top official of the University of the Cordilleras (UC) challenged senate and congress to pass an anti-dynasty law before talking about a shift to a federal form of government.
Rey Dean Salvosa, UC president said during the Senate consultation of charter change (cha-cha) held last March 16 that a fedral form of government will empower political dynaties in the country.
“…federalism is great but we have this one intervening variable that needs to be addressed…we need assurance that once and for all, and if this can be done before any constitutional amendment that this congress passes a law that prohibits and enforces the propagation of political dynaties then we can begin to take the issue on federalism and charter change far more seriously than we are doing now because right now we have that fear instilled in us,” Salvosa said.
Salvosa pointed out how political dynasties ruled with corrupt and violent ways.
“Probably the worst example of political dynasty is the Ampatuan clan in Maguindana, they had 23 Ampatuans sitting in gov’t positions in the province so they control it. So they were able to murder 57 people, 33 of them journalists and up to this day not one of them sentenced,” Salvosa said.
Salvosa also cited the Ateneo School of Government study that tracked the relationship between poverty and political dynaties in 82 provinces in the country.
The study found that “the poorer the province the likilier it is controled by a political family dynasty and when a political family dynasty takes control over a province the poverty gets worse.”
The Ateneo study also showed that the 12 poorest provinces in the country, all found in Mindanao are governed by political family dynasties. The same is also seen in other provinces in Luzon and Vizayas that are under the rule of political dynaties. “I believe in federalism. I have lived under it. I support it. And I am happy to hear from the senators that efforts have been made to control the degree of consanguinity, but that promise has been made in 1987 and even in the 1935 constitution,” Salvosa said.
“The problem is passing an enabling law, and do we do that in a congress sometimes often dominated or represented by members of political dynasties,” Salvosa added. # nordis.net