MANILA, Philippines – In a country of 110 million people, with more than 18,000 elected positions available, major or strategic ones are occupied by members of less than 200 families.
As presidential candidates go around the provinces courting votes for the 2022 Philippine elections, they inevitably have to deal with these families that have a great deal of influence over entire provinces, congressional districts, cities, and key municipalities.
Among the candidates for president and vice president, at least four come from political dynasties: Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Manny Pacquiao, Sara Duterte, Vicente Sotto III.
And whoever wins at the national level, most of the political dynasties will stay entrenched in their localities, a number of them predictably transferring affiliation to the next ruling party.
So much talk about the “inclusivity” of the electoral process and the “participation” of ordinary people in democratic governance.
How do public offices become available to more people outside this exclusive circle?
Meanwhile, the 2022 campaigns are witnessing the rise of organized volunteer movements across the country. Supporters of presidential candidate Leni Robredo are being coordinated by what are called RPCs or Robredo People’s Councils, mounting rallies and doing house-to-house campaigning in localities where their candidate doesn’t have the support of traditional political families.
Will this give rise to a sustained people’s movement that can make elected officials listen to them even after the elections? Or will the new leaders raised by such volunteer movements eventually establish their own political families?
Rappler investigative editor Miriam Grace Go will discuss these and more on Thursday, March 31, with our journalists producing our series on political dynasties.
Hear from Regions head Inday Espina-Varona, Visayas bureau coordinator Ryan Macasero, and Mindanao bureau coordinator Herbie Gomez on Thursday at 4 pm. – Rappler.com
Read the other stories in our Political Dynasties 2022 series:
- Political Dynasties 2022: Amid controversies, Pinedas of Pampanga expand reach
- Political dynasties 2022: Espinos still lynchpin of Pangasinan politics
- Political Dynasties 2022: Evardones reach Eastern Samar summit
- Political families crowd Eastern Samar candidates’ list
- Political Dynasties 2022: No heirs for Osmeña, Rama in Cebu City
- Political Dynasties 2022: Garin patriarch of Iloilo hard act to follow
- Political Dynasties 2022: Benitez clan guns for Bacolod City
- Negros Occidental big clans offer ‘soft’ support for Marcos
- Political Dynasties 2022: Zubiris rule Bukidnon after Fortich
- Political Dynasties 2022: Clashing families spring from Dongkoy Emano
- Political Dynasties 2022: Dongkoy Emano morphs into kingpin after EDSA revolt
- Political Dynasties 2022: Two families dominate Zamboanga Sibugay politics
- To end political dynasties, start in your backyards
- Up against dynasties? Learn a lesson or two from Robredo’s volunteer movement
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