FAMILY BUSINESS: Political dynasties in the Philippines

 
Photo from Manila Bulletin
 
Alvarez, Ampatuan, Arbison, Belmonte, Bersamin, Binay, Cayetano, Cua, Dy, Ecleo, Ejercito, Escudero, Espina, Fariñas, Garcia, Garin, Loong, Mangudadatu, Marañon, Marcos, Ortega, Revilla, Romualdez, Sahali, Singson, Tan, Tupas. 
 
These are just some of the 178 clans ruling 73 of the 80 provinces in the Philippines.

Maguindanao, Apayao, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Ilocos Norte, Abra, Negros Occidental, Ilocos Sur, Quirino, Cebu.

These are the top 10 provinces in the country with the biggest 'dynastic share' according to an Asian Institute of Management 2012 study.

Ronald Mendoza, David Yap, Edsel Beja Jr., and Victor Venida, the persons who made the research "Inequality in democracy: Insights from an empirical analysis of political dynasties in the 15th Congress," found that:


  • 70% of the 15th Congress is dynastic, with dynasties dominating all major political parties.
  • On the average, there are more dynasties in regions with higher poverty and lower human development.
  • Dynasties tend to be richer (with higher Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net worth).
  • 80% of the youngest congressmen (age 26-40) are more dynastic clans


In  Ilocos Sur (READ: Politics in Ilocos Sur | A Family Business), 18 of the 33 municipailites or 54.54% is lorded over one family. 

In the 2013 local elections, 18 of the 32 mayors in Ilocos Sur are given assurance of another term since they are practically unopposed in their respective turfs.

The author produced the following list that gives readers a sampling of some of the country's better known political dynasties who won in the May 2013 elections. The list also includes the top 10 provinces in the country with the biggest 'dynastic share'

Names in purple were unopposed. Provinces in orange are the top 10 provinces.


AMPATUAN, Benzar
Mayor, Mamasapano
Maguindanao
Ampatuan, Bongbong
Mayor, Datu Hoffer Ampatuan
Maguindanao
Ampatuan, Marop
Vice-Mayor, Shariff Aguak (Maganoy)
Maguindanao
Ampatuan, Nor-aila
Vice-Mayor, Datu Hoffer Ampatuan
Maguindanao
Ampatuan, Reshal
Mayor, Datu Unsay
Maguindanao
Ampatuan, Sor
Vice-Mayor, Parang
Maguindanao
Ampatuan, Zahara
Mayor, Shariff Aguak (Maganoy)
Maguindanao
BELMONTE, Feliciano Jr.
Rep., 4th District, Quezon City
NCR
Belmonte, Kit
Rep., 6th District, Quezon City
NCR
Belmonte, Ma. Josefina
Vice Mayor, Quezon City
NCR
BINAY, Junjun
Mayor, Makati City
NCR
Binay, Mar-Len
Rep., 2nd District, Makati City
NCR
Binay, Nancy
Senator

CAYETANO, Alan Peter
Senator

Cayetano, Lani
Mayor, Taguig City
NCR
Cayetano, Lino
Rep., 2nd Councilor District, Taguig City
NCR
DY, Bernard Faustino
Mayor, Cauayan City
Isabela
Dy, Bojie
Governor
Isabela
Dy, Dondon
Board Member, 2nd Provincial District
Isabela
Dy, Ian Paul
Mayor, Alicia
Isabela
Dy, Napoleon
Rep., 3rd District
Isabela
ECLEO, Alan 1
Mayor, Basilisa (Rizal)
Dinagat Islands
Ecleo, Craig
Mayor, Dinagat
Dinagat Islands
Ecleo, Allan II
Mayor, San Jose
Dinagat Islands
Ecleo, Mommy Glen
Governor
Dinagat Islands
Ecleo, Benglen
Vice-Governor
Dinagat Islands
Ecleo, Ruben Al
Vice-Mayor, Cagdianao
Dinagat Islands
EJERCITO (Gomez, Guia)
Mayor, San Juan City
NCR
Ejercito Estrada, Joseph "Erap"
Mayor, City of Manila
NCR
Ejercito, Gary Estrada
Board Member, 2nd Provincial District
Quezon
Ejercito, Jeorge Jr.
Governor
Laguna
Ejercito, JV
Senator

Ejercito, Maita Girlie
Mayor, Pagsanjan City
Laguna
ESCUDERO, Antonio Jr.
Vice-Governor
Sorsogon
Escudero, Chiz
Senator

Escudero, Nanay
Rep., 1st District
Sorsogon
Escudero, Ramon
Vice-Mayor, Casiguran
Sorsogon
ESPINA, Rudy
Mayor, Kawayan
Biliran
Espina, Gerryboy
Governor
Biliran
Espina, Rogelio
Rep., Lone District
Biliran
Espina, Gerard
Board Member, First Provincial District
Biliran
FARIÑAS, Chevylle
Mayor, Laoag City
Ilocos Norte
Fariñas, Michael
Vice-Mayor, Laoag City
Ilocos Norte
Fariñas, Ria
Board Member, 1st Provincial District
Ilocos Norte
Fariñas, Rudy
Rep., 1st District
Ilocos Norte
GARCIA, Gwendolyn
Rep., 3rd District
Cebu
Garcia, Nelson
Mayor, Dumanjug
Cebu
GARIN, Christine
Mayor, Guimbal
Iloilo
Garin, Ninfa
Board Member, 1st District
Iloilo
Garin, Richard
Rep., 1st District
Iloilo
MANGUDADATU, Azel
Mayor, President Quirino
Sultan Kudarat
Mangudadatu, Esmael
Governor
Maguindanao
Mangudadatu, Khadafeh
Assemblyman, 2nd Regional District
Maguindanao
Mangudadatu, King Jhazzer
Vice-Mayor, Buluan
Maguindanao
Mangudadatu, Lorena
Mayor, Buluan
Maguindanao
Mangudadatu, Mariam
Mayor, Datu Abdullah Sangki
Maguindanao
Mangudadatu, Zajid
Rep., 2nd District
Maguindanao
Mangudadatu, Zehan
Mayor, Pandag
Maguindanao
MARCOS Barba, Angelo
Vice-Governor
Ilocos Norte
Marcos, Imee
Governor
Ilocos Norte
Marcos, Imelda
Rep., 2nd District
Ilocos Norte
ORTEGA-Orros, Jay Jay
Board Member, 1st Provincial District
La Union
Ortega, Francisco "Kit" Jr.
Board Member, 1st Provincial District
La Union
Ortega, Manoling
Governor
La Union
Ortega, Pablo
Mayor, San Fernando
La Union
Ortega, Victor
Rep., 1st District
La Union
REVILLA, Jolo
Vice-Governor
Cavite
Revilla, Lani
Rep., 2nd District
Cavite
Revilla, Strike
Mayor, Bacoor City
Cavite
ROMUALDEZ, Alfred
Mayor, Tacloban City
Leyte
Romualdez, FM
Rep., 1st District
Leyte



SINGSON-Goulart, Germelina
Mayor, Caoayan
Ilocos Sur
Singson-Medina, Eva Marie
Mayor, Vigan City
Ilocos Sur
Singson-Zaragoza, Fayinna Pilar
Vice-Mayor, Narvacan
Ilocos Sur
Singson-Zaragoza, Zuriel
Mayor, Narvacan
Ilocos Sur
Singson, Alfonso
Vice-Mayor, Candon City
Ilocos Sur
Singson, Eric
Rep., 2nd District
Ilocos Sur
Singson, Ericson
Mayor, Candon City
Ilocos Sur
Singson, Jaime
Board Member, 2nd Provincial District
Ilocos Sur
Singson, Jeremias
Board Member, 1st Provincial District
Ilocos Sur
Singson, Ronald
Rep., 1st District
Ilocos Sur
Singson, Ryan Luis
Governor
Ilocos Sur
TUPAS, Beng
Mayor, Barotac Viejo
Iloilo
Tupas, Boboy
Vice-Governor
Iloilo
Tupas, Junjun
Rep., 5th District
Iloilo
Tupas, Nielo
Board Member, 5 Provincial District
Iloilo
TAN, Abdusakur Ii Abubakar
Provincial Governor
Sulu
Tan, Abdusakur Mahail
Provincial Vice-Governor
Sulu
Hajibin, Khalil Tan
Assemblyman
Sulu
LOONG, Tupay Tupay
Rep., 1st District
Sulu
Loong, Abubakar Jr. Osoteo
Board Member
Sulu
ARBISON, Maryam Napii
Rep., 2nd District
Sulu
Arbison, Alnur Napii
Board Member
Sulu
SAHALI, Ruby Maquiso
Representative
Tawi-Tawi
Sahali, Nurbert Maquiso
Provincial Governor
Tawi-Tawi
BERSAMIN, Eustaquio Purugganan
Provincial Governor
Abra
Bersamin, Rosario Afable
Provincial Vice-Governor
Abra
MARAÑON, Alfredo Jr. Galicia
Provincial Vice-Governor
Negros Occidental
Cueva, Leo Rafael Marañon
Rep., 2nd District
Negros Occidental
ALVAREZ, Mercedes Kho
Rep., 6th District
Negros Occidental
Alonso, Jose Benito Alvarez
Board Member
Negros Occidental
CUA, Junie Evangelista
Provincial Governor
Quirino
Cua, Dakila Carlo Enriquez
Representative
Qurino

Note: Leave your comments below for correction.

The anti-political dynasty bill will be  taken up on Tuesday, May 13, during its first hearing in the Senate.

The people’s freedom to select and their inherent power to change political governance have been conceded.

This is the right time.

We don't need a brother tandem. We don't need a mother-and-son tandem. We don't need the whole family of these names. We don't need two of each for congressional and local seats when there are more than 90 million people to be represented.

Representation system should be better spread out to all sectors of society so everybody can have fair share in representation.


Author: Paul Michael Camania Jaramillo

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