On political dynasties: Doc Willie Ong proposes gap in terms

Published February 26, 2022, 7:47 PM

by Jaleen Ramos

Vice presidential candidate Dr. Willie Ong on Friday, Feb. 26, proposed setting a gap between terms of family members who can run for a position in the government office.

Dr. Willie Ong (Screenshot from CNN Philippines Facebook Live)

“Ayaw natin ng political dynasty, pero meron namang mga paraan… Masyado kasi tayong strict, hindi naman matutuloy din ito, hindi papasa (We don’t want a political dynasty, but there are ways … We are too strict but it can’t be implemented properly, it won’t pass),” Ong said during the CNN Philippines vice presidential debate on Saturday. Feb. 26.

Instead, Ong suggested: “Gap muna ng isang term para hindi gamitin ang resources ng mga nahalal para tulungan ang mga kamag-anak (There should be a gap per term to avoid those elected in using resources for their relatives).” The cardiologist also suggested that there should be a limit of only two to three members per family who can hold government positions.

Ong also said he was not part of any political dynasty, as well as his running mate presidential candidate and Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.

“Bale ako, ako lang tumatakbo sa pamilya ko, wala kaming political dynasty, pati si mayor Isko, wala kayong mahahanap na Domagoso (I’m the only one running in my family, we don’t have a political dynasty, including Mayor Isko, you will not find any other Domagoso),” he said.

Ong also mentioned Domagoso’s proposal to have a regionalized Senate in the country.

Domagoso had earlier said he will propose an amendment to the 1987 Constitution to elect two senators in each of the country’s 17 regions for a total of 34 senators.