Old prominent political families have remained standing and new ones are being built.
In Leyte and Biliran Islands, the dominant Petilla, Romualdez, Apostol, Codilla, Loreto-Cari, Mercado and Espina families were successful in anointing successors in a bid to gain advantage in the May 2013 midterm elections.
In Samar Island, the Daza, Tan, Uy and Ong families have refused to let go of the political clout their family names have been holding.
Several families in numerous cities and towns in the region have also retained political status quo.
The reason for this is that both houses of Congress refused to pass an anti-political dynasty law. Aside from that, the lack of maturity of voters also adds up to the continued ascendancy of political dynasties in the country.
The political patronage and the control by the ruling elite of our economy have given rise to this anomalous setup in our electoral system, which have become a vicious cycle.
Indeed, a more equitable economic setup should be put in place to loosen the hold of political dynasties in our electoral system. But an equitable economic setup won’t be realized if control of the ruling elite over our country’s politics is not loosened. But the problem is how to do it.
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