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Political Dynasty in the Philippines Political Dynasties as transpired in the discussion that has been made by the speakers

pertains to a succession of rulers from the same family or line. According to the speakers this definition is been garnered to the website www.thefreedictionary.com. Under Philippine laws, however, there is no definition of what a political dynasty is. Yes, political dynasty is prohibited under our Constitution, but there is still no law that implements this provision, an enabling law supposed to be enacted by Congress. Article II, Section 26 imposes upon the state the obligation of guaranteeing equal access to public office, but left the task of defining political dynasty at the hands of Congress. History now tells us that Congress has fared really bad on this task. Many have called for the Congress to pass the Anti-Dynasty Law, but this bill has been passed over by each Congress since 1987. Some have pointed that oligarchy is the root problem of all the corruption in the Philippine government. The advantages of having political dynasty in the Philippines is that leaders with relatively longer in tenure in office or expected to be in office for a longer period will have the incentive to develop their respective jurisdiction as they foresee the future benefits it will reap for them. On the other hand, leaders who resemble the behaviour of Roving Bandits do not have the incentive to perform well in office or to invest for the future since they will leave the position soon enough. In this manner, political dynasties can be likened to the Stationary Bandits where it has an incentive to encourage a degree of economic success, since he will expect to be in power long enough to take a share of it.

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