Bangsamoro region will fail if dynasties are not banned, lawmakers told

Feb 15, 2018 - 3:33 PM

Ateneo School of Government dean Ronald Mendoza says 3 out of the 5 poorest provinces in the country are in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and have a high share of 'fat dynasties'

BBL. Ateneo School of Government Dean Ronald Mendoza says there is a need for an anti-dynasty provision in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law or else it would be another failure just like the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Experts suggest compromise for Congress: Regulate, not ban, dynasties

Feb 15, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Having family members in office all at the same time could be prohibited, while having family members serving one after another could be allowed

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

A comparison of Cha-Cha proposals: From federalism to foreign equity

Feb 06, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Here are some of the topics among the proposed changes to the 1987 Constitution

Inclusion of anti-dynasty provision in BBL pushed in Senate

Feb 05, 2018 - 3:33 PM

Members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission, however, oppose the proposal, saying it would send a signal that the Bangsamoro people are being 'singled out' for a national issue

BBL. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon pushes for the inclusion of an anti-political dynasty provision in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. File photo by George P Moya/Rappler

New constitution must directly ban political dynasties – former SC justice

Feb 01, 2018 - 3:47 PM

However, UP political scientist Clarita Carlos says banning political dynasties goes against the citizens' constitutionally provided power to vote

POLITICAL DYNASTIES. Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Vicente Mendoza (L) calls for a new constitution that will directly prohibit political dynasties. File photo

Framers of 1987 Constitution: Charter change, federalism not the answer

Jan 19, 2018 - 3:08 PM

'If we do not trust the process, how can we trust the outcome?' ask some members of the Commission that drafted the 1987 Constitution

CHARTER CHANGE. Framers of the 1987 Constitution, seen in the file photo above during their oath-taking, believe that charter change and federalism are not the answers to the country's problems. Photo from the Official Gazette

China's first emperor ordered search for immortality

Dec 25, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Wooden slips found in Hunan contain an executive order from emperor Qin Shihuang, ordering people to find the 'elixir of life'

(FILES) This photo taken on October 21, 2016 shows the sculptures of the Terracotta Army at the Terracotta Warrior Museum in Xian in north China's Shaanxi province. The first emperor of China, also known as Qin Shihuang, had an executive order of the elixir of life, according to a text on a set of wooden slips discovered through archaeological excavations, local media reported on December 25. / AFP PHOTO / - / China OUT

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Digong is boss, not the bayan's champion

Jun 17, 2017 - 11:04 AM

Duterte has nationalized this local way of doing politics with its associated coercive features vulgar argot and a more personalized patronage system

Is federalism the silver bullet?

Jan 13, 2017 - 4:30 PM

If federalism is to bring fundamental change then the dynasties and the oligarchs should face greater competition

Paradise Dynasty, home of the famous, colorful 8-flavor xiao long bao

Dec 18, 2016 - 8:07 PM

Truffle foie gras ginseng garlic crab roe xiao long bao and more There s a lot to like in Paradise Dynasty s first branch in the Philippines

Foreground, clockwise: Crab roe, garlic, Szechuan, ginseng, foie gras, truffle, cheese flavors. The original pork xiao long bao is in the center. Photo by Wyatt Ong/Rappler

Under decentralization: More Ampatuans than Robredos?

Nov 26, 2016 - 12:22 PM

If decentralization or broader federalism is to work leadership selection must first be made more inclusive and competitive

LA Tenorio rises above the criticism, hopes for Ginebra dynasty

Oct 21, 2016 - 6:50 PM

Tenorio and Ginebra overcome the criticism but the Finals MVP is aware that the fight for respect won t end here

Should the party-list system go?

Aug 08, 2016 - 12:40 PM

Seats in the House of Representatives may be taken away by law but a genuine organization with a real constituency and real advocacies cannot be melted by the mere stroke of a pen

What bills have been refiled in the 17th Congress?

Jul 26, 2016 - 3:32 PM

Lawmakers in the 17th Congress refile bills that languished in the past including measures pushing for freedom of information ending political dynasties and increasing the pension for SSS members

LEGISLATIVE AGENDA. Senate President Koko Pimentel and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez listens to President Rodrigo Duterte as he delivers his first State of the Nation Address on July 25. Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Drilon: Anti-political dynasty bill 'highly possible' in 17th Congress

Jul 23, 2016 - 10:07 PM

Senator Franklin Drilon files Senate Bill 230 which seeks to level the playing field in the political arena

REFILED. Senator Franklin Drilon files Senate Bill 230 which seeks to prohibit political dynasties in the Philippines. File photo by Rappler

Church and China Communists vie over French missionary

Jul 10, 2016 - 11:58 AM

Auguste Chapdelaine born on a farm in Normandy was ordained in his early twenties and sent in the early 1850s to the southern Chinese region of Guangxi where he was known as Father Ma

This photo taken in May 2016 shows parishioners during a mass at the Catholic church in Dingan, in China's southern Guangxi region. The finishing touches are being put to a new museum in Dingan, the village where French missionary Auguste Chapdelaine died in 1856, celebrating the 'patriotism' of his execution and condemning the 'spiritual opium' of religion. Photo by Greg Baker/ AFP

Building a foundation of dissent vs Marcos dynasty

Jun 27, 2016 - 10:37 AM

This is a call for all Filipinos to use stones not as weapons but to build a foundation of dissent against those who long denied our country democracy equality safety and truth

Pinoy fighter Eric Kelly faces ex-ONE Championship titleholder in China

Jun 19, 2016 - 10:06 AM

Kelly faces a tough test in the former Mongolian champion as he attempts to bounce back from a loss at ONE Championship s Dynasty of Champions 6

READY TO BOUNCE BACK. ONE FC finds a new opponent for Eric Kelly in time for the July card in China. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

One man's dream ends century-old political dynasty in Bantayan, Cebu

Jun 05, 2016 - 11:30 PM

As a child Art Despi dreamed of becoming mayor This year he fulfilled his dream breaking a political dynasty s streak in the process

Century-old Ortega dynasty loses hold on La Union capital city

May 10, 2016 - 8:02 PM

Incumbent Vice Mayor Hermeginildo Gualberto a long time ally of the Ortegas wins the mayoral race in San Fernando City

NEW MAYOR. Incumbent Vice Mayor Gualberto defeats the Ortega clan in La Union

Poe to push for law despite help from 'dynasties'

Apr 15, 2016 - 7:06 PM

Kahit naman sa Kongreso o sa Senado katrabaho natin sila Di naman nangangahulugan na pagdating sa punto na gagawin ang batas ay di na patas

Presidential candidate Sen Grace Poe poses for a picture with Camsur Gov. Migz Villafuerte, Rep LRay Villafuerte and senatoriables Isko Moreno and Lorna Kapunan before a crowd of supporters in the University of Saint Anthony, Iriga City, Camsur. Photo by Bobby Toriano (Poe-Escudero Media Bureau)

#PHVote: The rise of 'fat dynasties'

Apr 14, 2016 - 10:45 AM

In a forum organized by the Ateneo School of Government experts say political dynasties are one of the reasons why economic growth remains slow

PATRONAGE SYSTEM. Dr Ronald Mendoza, incoming dean of the Ateneo School of Government, says patronage politics is one of the reasons why political dynasties thrive. Photo by Charles Salazar/ Rappler

Clash between old and new for CamSur’s 3rd congressional seat

Apr 12, 2016 - 11:07 PM

Former representative Luis Villafuerte and Naga City vice mayor Gabriel Bordado Jr spar over local issues during Harampangan 2016 a debate series organized by church and civil society groups

COVETED SEAT. Former Camarines Sur 3rd district Representative Luis Villafuerte and former Naga City Vice Mayor Gabriel Bordado Jr participate in a debate organized by local church and civil society groups. Photo by Charles Salazar/ Rappler

Alan Cayetano on supporting anti-dynasty law: We will follow rules

Apr 12, 2016 - 2:35 PM

Cayetano who belongs to a political dynasty himself says he s fine with only one person in their family serving government if it s the will of the people

CAMPAIGN TRAIL. Vice-presidential bet Alan Peter Cayetano campaigns in his hometown of Taguig on April 11, 2016. Photo by Nico Aquino/Rappler

Fast Facts: What you ought to know about Cebu and elections

Mar 18, 2016 - 9:18 PM

Know the electoral profile of the province with the biggest voters population the venue of the 2nd presidential debate on March 20

2016 party-list nominees: Taking a 'shortcut' to Congress?

Mar 15, 2016 - 2:00 PM

While there have been nominees from marginalized sectors some individuals and groups have taken advantage of a loophole to join the party list

Who chooses dynastic candidates in PH senatorial polls?

Mar 12, 2016 - 5:15 PM

While much has been written about the prevalence of dynasties in Philippine politics and about the reservation that political dynasties are unhealthy for a democratic society not much has been written about the profile of their voters

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Feb 23, 2016 - 12:13 PM

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Poll: 34% Filipinos to vote for bets from political dynasties

Feb 22, 2016 - 8:25 PM

Pulse Asia asks if respondents should not vote for candidates who have children spouses siblings or parents who are current or former elected government official

Nearly 4 in 10 Filipinos expect election cheating – poll

Feb 22, 2016 - 11:57 AM

The Pulse Asia survey shows 39 percent or a sizeable plurality of Filipinos believe cheating will take place in the May 2016 presidential elections

Mock Elections- close voting. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

In Manila, Roxas supporters also cheer on Santiago during debate

Feb 21, 2016 - 10:32 PM

I think people will also find it funny because Miriam was really hitting most of the time Vice President Binay says the Liberal Party s Miro Quimbo

POLITICAL DYNASTY. Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senator Miriam Santiago discuss political dynasties during the 3rd round of the presidential debate on Sunday, February 21. Photo courtesy of Comelec EID

Anti-dynasty? Why do Poe, Escudero ask support from Cebu families?

Feb 10, 2016 - 10:00 PM

As long as there is no law yet prohibiting political dynasties there is nothing wrong in seeking their support vice presidential bet Chiz Escudero says

COURTING CEBU. Presidential candidate Grace Poe speaks to students at the Univeristy of Visayas in Toledo City in vote-rich Cebu province on February 10, 2016. Photo by Arnold Almacen/Rappler

16th Congress adjourns: Which bills endorsed by Aquino did it pass?

Feb 07, 2016 - 3:24 PM

Not passing the proposed Bangsamoro law the FOI Act and anti political dynasty bill doesn t mean Congress wasn t working hard in the last 3 years

NEW HOPE. The house opens anew with its period of interpellation on the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law at the second regular session of the 16th Congress at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Tuesday, June 2. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Senate bets from political clans support anti-dynasty bill

Jan 30, 2016 - 6:16 PM

Senatorial candidates Mark Lapid Jericho Petilla and Martin Romualdez say they are for the passage of the anti dynasty bill

 ABOLISH DYNASTIES? Senatorial candidates Mark Lapid, Jericho Petilla and Martin Romualdez are all members of political families.

Making sense of Digong Duterte

Jan 30, 2016 - 10:30 AM

If we are to elect Duterte to the presidency we must first ask ourselves: how different is present day Philippines from Davao City of the 1980s?

Belingon loses ONE FC title fight, taps to Fernandes’ submission

Jan 23, 2016 - 10:47 PM

Bibiano Fernandes easily finishes the job at the 4:04 mark of the first round compelling Filipino Kevin Belingon to wave the white flag with a Kimura lock

TAP OUT. Filipino Kevin Belingon (L) taps out in the title fight against Bibiano Fernandes at ONE Championship's 'Dynasty of Champions'. File photos from Rappler

Roy Doliguez yields to Japanese foe on ONE FC card in China

Jan 23, 2016 - 9:27 PM

Filipino fighter Doliguez loses his second straight outing inside the ONE Championship cage and downgrades to a 6 3 professional record

TOUGH LOSS. Filipino fighter Roy Doliguez loses to Japanese opponent Asuka 'Riku Shibuya' Mikami at ONE Championship’s 'Dynasty of Champions'. Photo from Doliguez's Facebook profile

Filipino Kevin Belingon vows to use superior striking to win ONE FC title

Jan 22, 2016 - 3:13 PM

The 28 year old Team Lakay standout is looking to exploit Fernandes using his Wushu Sanshou pedigree

TITLE CLASH. Filipino Kevin Belingon (L) is a significant underdog against Brazilian champion Bibiano Fernandes, but believes his striking edge will give him a shot at winning the title. File photos from Rappler

ONE champ Fernandes willing to trade strikes with Belingon

Jan 22, 2016 - 1:51 PM

ONE Championship bantamweight champ Bibiano Fernandes is willing to try his luck with striking against Filipino Wushu Sanshou specialist Kevin Belingon

TITLE FIGHT. The title fight between Bibiano Fernandes (L) and Kevin Belingon (R) might turn into a striking shootout. File photos from Rappler

Aquino signs law for Sangguniang Kabataan reforms

Jan 19, 2016 - 6:57 PM

Lawmakers say the SK Reform Act is the first law with an anti political dynasty provision

LAST DAY. Students fill out SK application forms outside the Comelec-Quezon City District 2 Office on the last day of registration on Monday, September 29. Michael Bueza/Rappler

Underdog Kevin Belingon determined to win ONE FC title, says Team Lakay coach

Jan 16, 2016 - 6:57 PM

Mark Sangiao remains optimistic that Kevin Belingon can pull off an improbable upset against ONE Championship bantamweight titleholder Bibiano Fernandes

TITLE CLASH. Filipino Kevin Belingon (L) is a significant underdog against Brazilian champion Bibiano Fernandes.

Occidental Mindoro mayor sacked over P2.9-M tobacco fund misuse

Jan 14, 2016 - 10:20 AM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales also affirms the recommendation of Cebu prosecutors to file grave coercion charges against Bogo City Mayor Celestino Martinez Jr and two others over an incident in 2010 involving his rival

DISMISSED. San Jose Mayor Jose Villarosa has been dismissed from the service and perpetually barred from re-employment in government. Photo from the Municipality of Occidental Mindoro Facebook page

Roy Doliguez battles Japanese contender on ONE FC card in China

Jan 04, 2016 - 3:07 PM

The 34 year old native of Malungon Sarangani faces Japanese flyweight Asuka “Riku Shibuya” Mikami on January 23 in Changsa China

FIGHT NIGHT. Filipino fighter Roy Doliguez returns to action in China. Photo from Doliguez's Facebook profile

We need managers, not saviors

Jan 01, 2016 - 1:30 PM

We are paying the price for over personalizing what should have been systems building professional management and meritocratic hiring and promotion

Homestretch: Will FOI, Bangsamoro, anti-political dynasty bills be dead in 2016?

Dec 31, 2015 - 9:00 AM

The 16th Congress has only 17 session days left in 2016 to pass these major pieces of legislation that could be the Aquino administration s legacy

WAITING IN VAIN. Will Congress be able to pass BBL, FOI and Anti-Political Dynasty Bills as legacy laws of the Aquino administration?

How much of our country will we lose to political dynasties in 2016?

Oct 20, 2015 - 9:00 AM

After Election Day will the country be able to reclaim territory from dynasties or will the bleeding continue?

42 more groups file nominations for party list

Oct 14, 2015 - 8:38 PM

This brings to 60 the number of organizations that have so far expressed their intent to send nominees to the House of Representatives

FILING. The Commission on Elections accepts certificates of nominations from representatives of partylists. Photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

Political dynasties: The end of PH politics?

Sep 27, 2015 - 3:30 PM

The superiority of political dynasties is the dead end of Philippine politics Unless we institutionally diffuse political power or change our political narrative to a multidimensional one

We need election debates, not boodle fights

Sep 20, 2015 - 1:19 PM

In lieu of political reforms perhaps the only hope remains in the academe Church and media to try to bring discernment back into our choice of leaders