Text by: John Nelvin Lucero
Photo courtesy: Summer Bastian, TNP Deputy Chief Photographer
MANILA – Political and economic power should be shared, Senator JV Ejercito said on Friday during a forum on anti-political dynasty bills at the UP National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) Assembly Hall.
“There are a lot of people out there capable and willing to serve the nation,” Ejercito said in Filipino.
Ejercito talked about Senate Bill (SB) 1906, which aims to ban the establishment of political dynasties.
SB 1906 aims to prohibit any person married or of second degree of consanguinity or affinity to an incumbent official seeking re-election to run in the same province at the same time.
Ejercito is a son of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada and brother of Senator Jinggoy Estrada.
Caloocan Rep. Egay Erice, Dr. Ronald Mendoza of Asian Institute of Management and former UP Political Science Department Chair Dr. Temario Rivera were also present in the event to talk about sentiments and policies related to political dynasties.
The Political Dynasty or Destiny forum is a part of the Lingkod Bayan Series. The forum was organized by the UP NCPAG Student Council and the Good Governance Guild of the UP Diliman University Student Council. Around 60 students and members of the UP community attended the event.