OPINION AND OPTION
BY ELINANDO B. CINCO
What took the government years and years to set aside, took only a day for the electorate in the May 13 mid-term exercise to accomplish. They have eliminated some of the country’s persistent political dynasties.
I am talking about the anti-political dynasty bill. There are two or three versions of the measure now pending in Congress, filed – as the saying goes – “since we know not when.”
And even with this kind of duplication on file for the lawmakers to work on, good-natured congressmen, as well as cynics always said the measure was as good as dead.
The overriding argument was that the bill would displace and dislocate many of the sitting lawmakers, many of them members of political families.
No self-serving congressman or even senator will endorse it for that would mean virtually tightening the iron collar (“garrote”) around their neck. They are still there reelected, some newly enthroned while others just finishing their term.
Today there is no chance of shelving or archiving the measure again. Voters cast out well-known political families who had been lording it over their constituencies for decades.
Strangely, it seems difficult for the families to admit the writing on the wall. Ignoring it will make them realize that the walls themselves are crumbling.
The heaviest casualties were the Estradas. Of the eight family members, six were defeated from the elective positions they sought.
An AM-radio broadcaster said it woefully: “The problem with them was they believed in every adulation heaped on them. And hung on to their belief that the public was still cheering for them.”
Next big political name to fold up were the Osmenas. Cebu City Mayor Tommy lost to his erstwhile Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella, while Senator Serge managed to land only at No. 16 of the 12-member senatorial card.
A warring political family — that best describes the Binays of Makati. The biggest loser was former VP Jejomar, defeated by his ertswhile ally and former acting Mayor Kid Pena for the first congressional district of the city, while son Junjun was trounced by her “ate,” Mayor Abby.
In North Cotabato, Secretary Manny Piñol faced some disappointment while nurturing a family dynasty. Of the four Pinols who ran for public office, only his daughter made it to a slot in Sangguniang Panlalawigan. Two of his three brothers failed in their reelection bids, while a beginner-brother tossed the white towel.
Considered a Goliath in highly urbanized Pasig City for the past 27 years, Mayor Bobby Eusebio faced a 29-year-old David—Vico Sotto –armed only with a potent slingshot loaded with charm that caused the crumbling of the once reigning kingpin.
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ON ‘TV PATROL’S’ PARTING LINE. I don’t remember when I became an ardent follower of the ABS-CBN’s early evening news program, nor could I recall when I first heard of its exit script, which goes this way:
“Sa ating malasakit sa isa’t-isa ay maihahatid natin ang pag-asa.”
To me it appears like a personal appeal of a fund-raising event. Or, even a parting phrase of a social amelioration recruitment program designed to appeal to citizens to join its cause.
Neither do I believe TV Patrol’s exit phrase sounds journalistic, one that should exult its goal of helping shape its listeners to become well-rounded individuals in the midst of today’s wealth of information.
Perhaps it will assuage the program’s news broadcasters and writers that I, as an opinion writer, don’t speak for any person or group in bringing this observation to the reading public.