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Kanya-kanyang interes! Erice expects Congress to delete anti-political dynasty clause in new Constitution

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By John Carlo Cahinhinan

Caloocan City Rep. Edgar Erice expects the provision banning political dynasties to be deleted by his colleagues once they begin deliberations on the draft federal Constitution submitted by the Consultative Committee (Con Com).

Erice said on Tuesday (July 10) that while Con Com members had good intentions in putting an anti-political dynasty clause in the proposed federal Constitution, his fellow lawmakers will surely reject it.

“The anti-political dynasty provision and the anti-pork barrel provision proposed by the Con-Com has no chance in a Constituent Assembly. The Con-Com draft whatever its gold intention will be mangled,” he said.

Erice said the deletion of the anti-political dynasty provision in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law shows such a provision will never be approved by Congress.

Under the draft charter, a political dynasty exists “when a family whose members are related up to the second degree of consanguinity or affinity whether such relations are legitimate, illegitimate, half or full blood,” maintains or is capable of maintaining political control by succession or by simultaneously running for or holding elective positions.

The draft federal charter also bans the direct succession between a person and an incumbent elective official “within the second civil degree of consanguinity or affinity, as described above, can run for the same position in the immediately following election.”

Any person related to an incumbent official within the second civil degree of consanguinity or affinity is also barred from running simultaneously for more than one national and one regional or local position.