Corruption and Political Power in the Philippines


Politics in the Philippines has been under the control of a few notable families. It is normal for a politician's son, wife, brother, and others to run for the same or other government office. The terms in Filipinos to describe this practice of "Political Dynasty." This are some Advantage of other Politician’s that it is too obvious about us on their weaknesses how do they maintain in the position, they use mostly citizens in the poor neighborhoods, squatters, etc.

by the influence of political dynasties has slowly changed its image and eventually changed the shape and culture of the House of Representatives and even the Senate, where creating political dynasties of considerable quantity has become more of a business strategy than of a public service and some of them they use their richest for their Goal in life and to follow the generations they had for their Wealth in Life.

In this paper, it show that political power in the Philippines is too political influences for a Bad result to our country and that the presence of political dynasties does not merely reflect differences in ability across families.

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We can define dynasty as a corrupted as a power-treatment effect, where by holding political power for longer increases the probability that they attain political power in the future regardless of family characteristics. In order to prove a causal relationship between political and some dynastic success by the good reason.

Purpose of the Study

To know people's government corruption by inheriting their possession to maintain.

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This study is to convince the community that corruption is a problem that we must stop because it causes of poverty in the nation and the only thing that happens over and over is that the government officials control the power and steal the money and use the money to get re-elected.

By performing this study, it will answer the following purposes:

  1. Knowledge about the different faces of corruption.
  2. The citizens opinions and feelings on what way they see our countries politics in a deeper and borderless way.
  3. May this study help those people at a disadvantage to express themselves.
  4. Irregularities from these practice in government that gives way to corruptions.

Significance of the Study

This study is performed for the people, not only the society but also the government to be aware of the citizens situations regarding the topic on how it affects their everyday life and how it affects their rights in their respective societies. The findings in this study are beneficial to the following:

  • To our Government in this study we can tolerate political dynasties if they themselves can tolerate doing righteous and honest public service to the Filipino people of whom they owe their positions in the first place.
  • To the Future Researchers of this nation this will give them some ideas as a responsible citizen on how they discipline there country and to choose the right people for the government.
  • To the Filipino Citizens it may help to gain respect by giving attention to this situation, and help them obtain the transparency of the government and give importance for them to prevent themselves from being manipulated by Families of politicians, because it’s their life and future that are at risk in the situation


A certain study, being prepared by the Asian Institute of Management Policy Center (AIMPC), said seven out of every 15 legislators are members of families that are considered political dynasties. Just to make a brief breakdown, 115 legislators (68 percent of Congress) belong to the Dynasty 3 category or those with relatives who were legislators since the 12th Congress until the 15th Congress or local officials elected in 2001 or currently occupying elective posts.

The AIMPC said, those Current members of Congress, it said, tend to belong to richer families but have poorer constituents compared with legislators that are not members of dynasties. The Ampatuans of Maguindanao, which is one of the poorest provinces in the Philippines, must be a quintessential political clan under this category after being involved in a political massacre last November 2009 that only intensifies certain claims that political dynasties are nothing but a bane of our democracy.

The argument that the electorate should be left free to decide whom to choose is not without validity. Partly for that reason, the meaning of political dynasties has been left for Congress to define. But since Congress is the principal playground of political dynasties, the realization of the dream, that the provision on political dynasties would widen access to political opportunities, will very probably be exhaustingly long in coming.

There are other provinces where you find the word ‘dynasty’ probably misapplied to a distinguished family, let us say, to the Cojuangco and Aquino family in Tarlac or the Padilla family in Manila and Pangasinan, or the Rodrigo family in Bulacan, or the Laurel family in Batangas, and the Sumulong-Cojuangco family in Rizal, the Calderon family in Nueva Vizcaya, and Peps Bengzon has been calling my attention to the existence now of a Bengzon line of political officeholders in Pangasinan.

There have been attempts to pass bills to carry out this Constitutional mandate but none of them succeeded. In 2004, then Senator Alfredo S. Lim filed an anti-dynasty bill. He was followed in 2007 by Senator Panfilo Lacson and party-list Representative, Teddy Casiño. Then in January 2011, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago filed her own Anti-Political Dynasty bill.

Finally, mean reversion in talent over time, makes it unlikely that a  that draws its leaders from a narrow pool of families will choose the individuals best fitted for public office. We should practice the "one politician in a family " system... please help to "STOP POLITICAL DYNASTY"

After the Philippine-American War, the United States colonial authorities took under their wings these Illustrados to join the democratic process. During this period, family names such as Cojuangcos, Lopezes, Marcoses, Osmeñas and Aquinos became household names. The 1987 Constitution of the Philippines states in Article II Section 26, "The State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service, and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law." Though, political dynasties have been a present staple in Philippine political arena . Many have called for the Congress to pass the Anti-Dynasty Law, but this bill has been passed over by each Congress since 1987. Some have pointed thatoligarchy is the root problem of all the corruption in the Philippine government. Despite the entry of the Party List System in the 11th Congress, the proportion of lawmakers with relatives in elective positions have remained the same in the post-Marcos political scene. Political scientist Dante Simbulan, in a study of the elites of Philippine politics from 1946 to 1963 lists 169 prominent families. These families have produced 584 public officials, including seven Presidents, two Vice Presidents, 42 Senators, and 147 Representatives.

“Political dynasties are here to stay whether you like it or not, unless, of course, if YOU make a choice. Article II, Section 26 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution prohibits the existence of political dynasties but because majority of the lawmakers are either scions or kingpins of a political clan, no one has the guts to step up and perform a rare case of political suicide. Now, we are just left with two choices: stand up for democracy and let corrupt political dynasties wither on their own or be lost forever in a bandwagon mentality that will only lead to an utter sociopolitical decadence.”

Actions Plans

Political dynasties say that it is up to the voter to vote them in or not. And in this they are right, because they will make no move to reduce, limit or prohibit themselves. As a democratic country, we still have the voice, a voice that must not be overwhelmed by political influences adept in vote-buying and creating false publicity. Tolerate political dynasties if they themselves can tolerate doing righteous and honest public service to the Filipino people, of whom they owe their positions in the first place. A viable option is to strengthen alternative political spaces for the public to organize and secure meaningful inclusion in the political process. Make a polls, seminars, debates etc. just to encourage citizens in battling these political dynasties and eliminate those celebrities who only find rooms in politics in exchange to their drowning showbiz careers. Educating the people and teaching them how to fish and strengthen their economic well being. People should know the common good.

The State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law. We need inclusive economic growth, population control and a sustainable environment. In a word, we need good democratic governance that will enable us in the long run to “build a just and humane society.” To be sustainable, fighting corruption and developing the country cannot depend on our President’s charisma alone, however well-meaning and popular and trusted he is. These require dynamic, functional institutions and a critical mass of transforming leaders gradually replacing our political dynasties.


Political dynasty is a hard concept to define in the Philippine political setting. But there is should there be a law on political dynasty, the law should be applied to all to help people understand better what lies behind this issue, a panel composed of politicians, candidates, legal and political experts and a youth representative. The Filipino people should be reminded that they have the power to choose through their votes to stop once and for all this controversial issue that we are facing. Elections today are really based on media. Even if a candidate has the ability, the willingness, the sincerity and the programs and advocacies to really serve the country.

There are some guarantees to access the opportunities for public service but political dynasties are not banned today because there is no law defining what constitutes a political dynasty and therein lays the problem. Not every official or candidate from political families is good. In fact, most are performing families are corrupted. By passing an enabling law on political dynasty, we would know specifically who are banned or who are allowed to run for elections. Those who will be allowed to run would then have the freedom to seek office and would be more acceptable to the people in terms of their ability to lead and serve.

The voters should no longer elect nor re-elect those they see as corrupt. Let us vote for people according to their principles, qualifications and platforms and not on name recall. Parties should also strive to become modern and progressive and run campaigns based on issues and not on personalities then why don't we do our best to reach and encourage them. Through social medias, we can do it by unite and help those poor citizen to don’t watch for the Money to know that Some of Filipinos are lack of education and awareness about politics they do not pay attention about political dynasties because majority of them are impoverish and more of them are poor who are too busy trying where to find their next meal. We should focus on the good people and feature them even if there are no elections. If we are to level the playing field, media should constantly feature people who have greatly made a positive impact on the Filipino people so that by the time elections come, people would have a greater knowledge on the abilities, principles and advocacies of alternative candidates.


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