Celebs on political dynasties: ‘Ginawa nang hanapbuhay’
The recent filing of the certificates of candidacy (COC) for the upcoming 2019 midterm elections brought into Filipinos’ attention once more what seems to be a prevailing theme in Philippine politics: political dynasties. Celebrities Ethel Booba, Ogie Diaz and Leah Navarro made use of their respective social media platforms to express their sentiments on the matter.
“Political dynasty ay parang fast food lang,” stated Booba on Twitter last Saturday, Oct. 20. “Nagtatayo ng iba’t ibang branch. Charot!”
(Political dynasties is like the fast food business. You just put up different branches.)
Political dynasty ay parang fast food lang. Nagtatayo ng iba't ibang branch. Charot!
— Ethel Booba (@IamEthylGabison) October 21, 2018
She also made it a point to retweet her May 2016 post calling for the passing of the Anti-Dynasty Bill, Freedom of Information Bill (which President Rodrigo Duterte signed on July 23, 2016) and Anti-Epal Bill.
When Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla said on Oct. 11 that their family’s opponents will not succeed in the upcoming elections, Booba remarked, “Effective na family business tong politika huh (Politics is an effective family business). Charot!”
“Political dynasties thrive so nicely in the Philippines despite their constituents experiencing hardly any life improvement,” stated Navarro on Twitter on Oct. 16 after it was confirmed that Presidential son Sebastian “Baste” will run for the post of Davao City vice mayor. “They’re still poor, decrepit, in despair. If they only knew that an informed voter knows better.”
She also retweeted former government official Victoria Garchitorena’s tweet speaking out against political dynasty, in particular, the Cayetanos who are seeking local and national positions in the upcoming elections.
Diaz, meanwhile, took to Facebook to share his thoughts on political dynasties.
“Ginawa nang hanapbuhay ng marami ang pagtakbo sa pulitika,” wrote Ogie Diaz on Oct. 11. “Kulang na lang, pati kasambahay nila, patakbuhin din. #Kalokah.”
(Politics has been turned into livelihood. [Politicians] have come just short of telling even their maids to run for public posts. It’s insane.)
Ginawa nang hanapbuhay ng marami ang pagtakbo sa pulitika. Kulang na lang, pati kasambahay nila, patakbuhin din. #Kalokah. 😂😂😂
In a separate post on Oct. 17, Diaz recounted his talk with his eldest daughter regarding her lesson about political dynasties.
Pinasahan ako ng “batas” ng anak ko sa messenger. Andun na daw sila sa pag-aaral tungkol sa political dynasty.Sabi…
“Kaya pala hindi nabibigyan ng equal opportunities yung iba na gustong maglingkod dahil ayaw nilang bitawan yung mga pwesto nila,” his daughter told him, after the student realized that political dynasties are still prevalent in the country.
(So that’s the reason why others who want to serve the government are not given equal opportunities: it’s because politicians don’t want to give up their positions.) JB
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