Trust Congress to pass anti-dynasty law – Coloma

Malacañang expressed confidence on Tuesday, July 28, that Congress would open its doors to the enactment of anti-dynasty bill despite qualms and prejudices from the public.

“Bigyan po natin ng pagkakataon ang ating mga mambabatas na sila ay may kakayahan na magpasa ng mga mainam at kapaki-pakinabang na mga batas,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma said when asked about the chances of the measure hurdling Congress, where several members come from political families.

President Benigno Aquino III in his last Sona on Monday endorsed the crafting of an enabling law prohibiting political dynasties.

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He said the passage of the law could prevent greedy and corrupt political families from clinging to power.

Coloma said Congress has already showed its political will by passing several controversial bills under the Aquino administration, citing the sin tax reform law, reproductive health Law, and the recently-signed fair competition law and amendments to the cabotage law.

Coloma expressed confidence that lawmakers could again go out of their way to legislate what is best for the public interest.

“Baka po ‘yang mga kongkretong manipestasyon na ‘yan ay dapat magbigay sa atin ng dagdag na kumpiyansa at pagasa na ang atin pong mga halal na mambabatas ay binigbigyan ng sapat na atensyon ‘yung mataas na prayoridad na makakabuti sa pinakamaraming mamamayan,” said Coloma.

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Asked what made the President change his position on the highly contentious issue, Coloma said Aquino has merely listened to his “bosses,” referring to the Filipino people.

“Nitong nakaraang mga buwan ay nagkaroon ng proseso na kung saan mas nagiging kongkreto na ‘yung mga panukala hinggil diyan at bilang isang Pangulo na palaging nakikinig sa tinig ng kanyang mga boss, sa aking pakiwari ay naririnig niya na lumalakas ‘yung kahilingan o ‘yung pagnanasa na tukuyin na ito o umpisahan nang tukuyin ito dito sa nalalabing sesyon ng ating Kongreso,” he said.