Because we are too absorbed with the Senatorial Race that we ignore the local politics of the areas. So how some Political Dynasties fared in this elections?
In Olongapo City, the Gordons lost. I remember that Senatorial Candidate Dick Gordon is anti-Political Dynasty, I bet what Olongapo did is a feeler of what to do with political dynasties. As of this time, Senatorial Candidate Gordon is hovering in the 13th place. As the jokes in twitter tell us, “Konting push pa.”
In Camarines Sur, the Villafuerte clan lost big time, with only 23 year old Migz Villafuerte winning as the new Governor of the said province, and winning over his grandfather Luis Villafuerte. Leni Robredo delivered the biggest blow to Villafuerte clan with a landslide victory in her district. With a young and untested Villafuerte at the Capitol, its either he’s easy to manipulate or easy to topple.
The story is different in Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte, where the Singsons and the Marcoses are still in power.
In Cebu, the Garcias are also over, with only incumbent Governor Gwen Garcia winning as a Congresswoman.
It is interesting to note that the Political Dynasty issue is in the limelight in this 2013 Election. Let’s see how Political Dynasties will fare come 2016.
The best way to dismantle Political Dynasties is to dismantle them at the Local Level, as we should say: Nip it in the Bud.