Anti-Political Dynasty Provision: “What the Congress failed to do in 31 years, the Con-Com did in 4 days.”

The Con-Com is fairly satisfied with its performance in its first 30 days, having voted on a provision that could possibly change the culture of politics under the proposed federal constitution.

Generoso also gave a rundown of the Con-Com’s achievements during its first 30 days, from February 19 to March 20. Among these were the en banc decision on the anti-dynasty provision and the adoption of the federal-presidential system. The anti-dynasty provision was prioritized because according to Puno, it is “sine qua non” to a federal system. This also addresses the critics’ worries that devolving powers to the local level would empower political dynasties.

“Only the President and Vice President can have a second-degree relative who  may be a senator or a congressman or a governor or a mayor,” explained the Con-Com. “Wala na talagang dynasty sa regional (Senators) and local  (representatives), said Generoso.

“Even (Alih) Balindog, a Con-Com Member who is a product of a political dynasty from Mindanao, voted against it (political dynasty),” said Puno. When asked if he will withdraw his support from federalism if Congress rejects the Con-Com’s anti-dynasty provision, Puno said that they will “cross the bridge when they get there.”

The Con-Com is expected to complete drafting the proposed constitution by April 30, before they split up in teams and go around the country for public presentation and consultation.