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Solons ask PNoy to certify anti-dynasty bill as urgent

Posted On 2014 Jan 29
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President Benigno S. Aquino III leads the singing of the National Anthem during the ceremonial signing of Republic Act No. 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall of the Malaca?n Palace on Wednesday (May 15). The K to 12 program covers Kindergarten and 12 years of basic education (six years of primary education, four years of Junior High School, and two years of Senior High School) to provide sufficient time for mastery of concepts and skills, develop lifelong learners, and prepare graduates for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship. In photo are Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr., Senators Ralph Recto, Franklin Drilon and Edgardo Angara, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., and Representatives Rosenda Ann Ocampo and Neptali Gonzales II. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III leads the singing of the National Anthem during the ceremonial signing of Republic Act No. 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall of the Malaca?n Palace on Wednesday (May 15). The K to 12 program covers Kindergarten and 12 years of basic education (six years of primary education, four years of Junior High School, and two years of Senior High School) to provide sufficient time for mastery of concepts and skills, develop lifelong learners, and prepare graduates for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship. In photo are Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr., Senators Ralph Recto, Franklin Drilon and Edgardo Angara, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., and Representatives Rosenda Ann Ocampo and Neptali Gonzales II. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Several lawmakers have formally asked President Benigno Aquino III to certify as urgent the anti-political dynasty bill, whose passage they called “long overdue.”

“It is the constitutional duty of the Congress to enact a law defining and prohibiting the establishment of political dynasties in accordance with the intent of Section 26, Article 2 of the 1987 Constitution,” Caloocan Representative Edgar Erice, the bill’s author, said in his letter to Aquino.

“While several bills of similar import had been filed in the past, these were never acted upon during the previous Congress through the manipulation of unscrupulous politicians,” he added.

Erice said Aquino’s explicit support could help push the passage of the bill that has been pending since the 12th Congress.

House Bill No. 3587, or An Act Prohibiting the Establishment of Political Dynasties, was approved at the committee level and has, since last week, been included in the Official Business of the House of Representatives for sponsorship and plenary debate.

The bill seeks to bar relatives of politicians up to the second degree of consanguinity or affinity from holding or running for national or local posts in successive, simultaneous, or overlapping terms.

Aside from Erice, the measure’s authors are Representatives Oscar Rodriguez of Pampanga, Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate of Bayan Muna, Luz Ilagan and Emmi de Jesus of Gabriela, Antonio Tinio of ACT Teanchers, Antonio Hicap of Anakpawis, and Terry Ridon of Kabataan.(MNS)

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