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Political dynasties are bad but sometimes it can be for the better — Duterte

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By Genalyn Kabiling

Political dynasties are not always bad for the country, as far as President Duterte is concerned.

The President said he would not have become the country’s leader if his daughter Sara Duterte Carpio did not run for mayor of Davao City in the 2016 elections.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the 10th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit (FES10) at the World Trade Center in Pasay City on March 6, 2018. (ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the 10th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit (FES10) at the World Trade Center in Pasay City on March 6, 2018.
(ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

“I agree with you that dynasties are bad but sometimes it can be for the better,” the President said during a business summit in Pasay City.

“Kasi kung hindi tumakbo ‘yan si Inday [Because if Inday did not run] actually, I would not be in front of you right now kasi [because] I never wanted to leave Davao. Manghinayang ako [I’ll just regret it]. Most especially so that Davao is in Mindanao, and Mindanao is a troubled land,” he added.

At present, the Constitution prohibits political dynasties but an enabling law must be passed to implement such provision.

The President previously opposed any move to implement a constitutional provision banning political dynasties in the country.  He said an anti-dynasty provision was a restriction of the freedom of the people to choose their leaders.

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