LOOK: ConCom chair Ret. Chief Justice Reynato Puno explains why he will vote in favor of finalizing a provision that prohibits political dynasties @inquirerdotnet pic.twitter.com/loQgMTgVHQ — Julius Leonen (@JLeonenINQ) March 14, 2018ADVERTISEMENTPolitical dynasties have long mocked the essence of democracy, retired Chief Justice Reynato Puno said on Wednesday as he cast his vote in favor of anti-political dynasty provisions. Puno, chairperson of the Consultative Committee (Con-Com) tasked to review the 1987 Constitution, said that “we can no longer wink away the fact that political dynasties have putrefied our politics.”“Along the journey, this sovereign right (of electing people) has been stolen, diluted, defaced and desecrated by a new breed of monarchs known over the world as political dynasties,” Puno said during the en banc session..“By making elections a family affair, dynasties have mocked democracy’s definition as a government ‘of the people, by the people, and for the people,’” the retired Chief Justice stressed. With our vote today, they shall be omnipotent no more,” he said. As of writing, members of the Con-Com was voting whether or not it would finalize the provisions that prohibit political dynasties from further participating in the country’s political process.
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer March 14, 2018 06:33 UTC