House committee unanimously approves bill banning political dynasties
Is this for real?
Paolo Romero of The Philippine Star reports that the House of Representatives committee on suffrage and electoral reforms has unanimously approved on Wednesday (November 20) the Anti-Political Dynasty bill, "which seeks to ban the relatives of an incumbent official up to the second degree of consanguinity or affinity from running in the same elections."
According to the report, it was the first time for the bill to be approved at the committee level although similar measures have been filed in the past. The approved bill "also bans overlap of relatives' terms in office, and allows the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to hold a raffle to decide who in the clan would be permitted to run in the election in case none of the candidates in the same family refuses to withdraw."
While the Constitution contains a provision banning political dynasties, it has never been enforced due to the lack of an enabling law.
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