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Top 10 High Profile Clans in Philippine Politics
SPOT.ph lists 10 political clans who dominate today’s headlines.
By: Pietro Santos  |   Published on: Sep 13, 2010 - 3:00pm

Filipinos are known for their close relationship with their families. Such is the familial love in Philippine society that some clans have made politics their family's line of work. SPOT.ph lists (in no particular order) 10 political clans who are in the news today--be it for the good that they do or because people get spooked by the mere mention of their family name. Either way, they're proof that politics has, at times, become thicker than blood in the Philippines.

The Aquinos have branched out of Tarlac to the whole country.

1. THE AQUINOS

Clan history: The Aquino clan's turf is Tarlac. Their involvement in Philippine politics dates back to the Spanish era, when General Servillano Aquino, the patriarch, served as a delegate in the Malolos Congress, which drafted the country's first ever Constitution sometime after we were liberated from Spain in 1898. Today, the Aquinos still hold powerful positions in the country's political scene, with its fourth generation member, Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, serving as the 15th Philippine president.

Power positions: Three generations of Aquinos, all named Benigno, have walked the halls of the Philippine Senate. Benigno Sr. served as senator from 1919 to 1934, while his son, Benigno "Ninoy" Jr., was a senator from 1967 to 1972. Noynoy also served a single term as senator from 2007 to 2010 before he was elected president. Ninoy's brother Agapito "Butz" Aquino was a senator from 1987 to 1995 and his sister, Teresa Aquino-Oreta, was in the Senate from 1998 to 2004.

Family frontrunner: With over 15 million votes during the last elections, Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, the 15th Philippine president, is undoubtedly the "hottest" Aquino of the moment (although sister Kris and even nephew Baby James steals the thunder from him once in a while).

 

Have the Cojuangcos buried the hatchet?

2. THE COJUANGCOS

Clan history: The Cojuangcos are known landowners in Tarlac. The clan patriarch, Melecio, became the first representative of the province's first district from 1907 to 1909. Jose Sr., one of Melecio's sons, acquired the controversial Hacienda Luisita back in 1957. Through marriage of a third generation Cojuangco, Corazon, and Benigno Aquino Jr., the two most powerful clans in Tarlac forged a connection that dominates the province up to the present.

Power positions: The congressional seat for the first district in Tarlac has been transferred from one Cojuangco to another from 1961 to the present. Some of the well-known Cojuangcos who have occupied this post are influential business tycoon Eduardo "Danding" Jr., presidential candidate Gilberto Jr., and his wife, former commercial model Monica "Nikki" Prieto-Teodoro. Through a popular mass uprising in 1986, however, the Cojuangco political influence reached Malacanang through Corazon Aquino, who would later be known as a global democracy icon.

Family frontrunner: She might have passed away a year ago, but former President Cory is still every Filipino's favorite Cojuangco. Her posthumous political clout certainly helped her son's presidential bid. Meanwhile, her cousin Danding is still known as a kingmaker.

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24 Comments
  • anon1234
    isn't Lani Cayetano, wife of Alan Peter and current mayor of Taguig, part of the Cayetano clan..?
    Sep 25 2010 @ 09:43pm     Reply  
  • minjeeegoshipo
    i'm from las pinas and the aguilars/ villars shld definitely have been included.rnrnidk may places kasi na may mga super tagal na na political dynasties,i think these shld have been included more than, say, the revillas (and how about the remullas? i think they also ruled cavite for a while) so idk if per area dapat or mas narrow down pa ang topic.
    Sep 21 2010 @ 09:22pm     Reply  
  • KitKat
    Brod Pete, did you even read the title? Please wear your eye glasses.
    Sep 20 2010 @ 09:37am     Reply  
  • Tsikboy27
    I beg to differ on brod. pete..the title says otherwise. it does not made specifications..rnrnTo the editorial staff: Are articles like this submitted to you for posting ? Or this is work of the staff. In either way, maybe it would improve the site if we challenge if the info are factual. I have read some works of students quoting the information listed on the "top 10" area of the site. With adverse reactions like this, it would help to lay the basis used so as those who would make reference to the site would include it as well.
    Sep 18 2010 @ 11:10pm     Reply  
  • Brod Pete... Basa!
    Magbasa po muna tayo bago mag-react. rnrn"10 political clans who are in the news today" --- Nasa balita ba ngayon ang mga roxas, osmena etc.?
    Sep 17 2010 @ 06:23pm     Reply  
  • Ingrid
    medjo misleading ang title ng article. it should have been most talked about political clans in Phil government.Surely this writer did not research well but only based it as what is being mentioned NOW in the dailies. Where are the Roxas' and Osmena's of Cebu? How about the Lobregats in Mindanao. How about the Laurel's for crying out loud. the editorial staff made a swift judgment on this article to be published. avid readers of your site are looking for something to read na entertaining an informative pa. we don't need naman an article na heavy on phil. history but something naman na may basis. :)
    Sep 16 2010 @ 10:22pm     Reply  
  • red_rabbit
    wu tang clan wala. bat ganun
    Sep 16 2010 @ 06:05pm     Reply  
  • SPOT.ph
    Thanks a lot for your defense, Esep-Esep muna! Pardon us for the reaction. It's nice that someone would defend us for a change. If you don't mind, we'll use your phrase in our defense as well. It's nicely ironic. Again, thank you. :)
    Sep 16 2010 @ 08:52am     Reply  
  • Esep-Esep muna!
    Hello I was being ironic in response to willie silang who did not get the point pf the story. Kaya nga may HELLO!??? What would Spot gain by making palakas to the Ampatuans? HELLO!???
    Sep 16 2010 @ 08:34am     Reply  
  • SPOT.ph

    SPOT.ph is not favoring any politicians nor "trying to gain brownie points from these clans." Neither are we "making palakas to the Ampatuans."


    This list was written by the writer alone and he thinks these clans are the ones that dominate the news today.


    You may express your opinion about who should or should not be on the list--and we respect that. But kindly refrain from making libelous statements. You have the privilege of commenting here without having to divulge your identity. Please don't abuse that privilege.


    Thanks for reading SPOT.ph.

    Sep 16 2010 @ 08:19am     Reply  
  • Esep-esep muna!
    yeah right, the owners of SPOT.ph must be making palakas to the Ampatuans. HELLO?!!!
    Sep 15 2010 @ 11:48pm     Reply  
  • willie silang
    The writer of this article like is most likely trying to gain brownie points from these clans. Who owns this site anyways? Must be a friend or one of the members of these political clans? Isn't this site catered entertainment values like celebrities, foods, sights, sounds, and so much more interests rather than sick politicans and their clans? Just my point of view.
    Sep 15 2010 @ 10:14pm     Reply  
  • Daquiri
    ..simply put, "political dynasties"!!!
    Sep 15 2010 @ 04:05pm     Reply  
  • mer
    what about the leviste and recto clan of batangas. they have been into power since spanish era
    Sep 15 2010 @ 01:45pm     Reply  
  • wah
    revilla clan?!? WTF.rnrnkung di lang dahil sa masa di ma-eelect yang mga yan. hanggang ngayon gumagawa parin ng movie. di ba bawal na yun?
    Sep 15 2010 @ 01:09pm     Reply  
  • Tsikboy
    The writer should have laid the factors used in coming up with this list. For one - the Osmena's of Cebu has long history than that of the Revilla's , Ampatuan, etc.
    Sep 15 2010 @ 12:52pm     Reply  
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    Sep 14 2010 @ 08:40pm     Reply  
  • batoush
    Haven't they taken enough? the marcoses, the arroyos, the estradas, the singsons, the ampatuans? when is enough really enough? hindi ba pumuputok din ang mga bituka ng mga buwaya. limas na limas na si juan de la cruz, tuyo't na tuyo't pero heto pa rin ang mga bampirang ito. walang tigil ang paghuthot. these clans are a different kind of insatiable breed. Kawawa naman ang bayan kong sinilangan.
    Sep 14 2010 @ 02:52pm     Reply  
  • willie luna
    This is why the Philippines is having difficulty rising to the top. The economic well being of these clan members have dramatically risen as soon as they hold a government position whereas their people's economic well being have gone down to the dumps. It is time that the Philippine people tear down the power of these clans. They haven't done anything concrete to improve the lot of everyone. All they care about is themselves and their future generation. TEAR DOWN THE POWER OF THESE MORONIC POLITICAL CLANS.
    Sep 14 2010 @ 08:42am     Reply  
  • speedy bgal
    some of them had only two generations of their clan served in politics..... where are the gordons and the magsaysays and other families who have made fortresses and dynasties of lands that they govern..
    Sep 14 2010 @ 08:08am     Reply  
  • tinkikay
    this list should have been done with more research. clans listed only involves incumbent personalities. how about the osmenas? the villars?
    Sep 14 2010 @ 01:28am     Reply  
  • hihi
    otherwise known as a list of people not to vote for
    Sep 13 2010 @ 10:27pm     Reply  
  • dale
    the cayetano's shouldn't have been included here. that way, we can revise the title to 'the top 10 most notorious political clans in the philippines'
    Sep 13 2010 @ 08:50pm     Reply  
  • RestlessInBoston
    America has the same political dynasties as well, just look at the Kennedy's, Bush, Clinton's, Roosevelts and the Rockefellers. Usually, the early generations are the ones who worked hard and more dedicated to public service. The later ones seems to be just there to maintain the power and connections like the Kennedy's (US) and the Revilla's, Binay's (PH).
    Sep 13 2010 @ 06:32pm     Reply  
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