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“How shall freedom be defended? By arms when it is attacked by arms, by truth when it is attacked by lies, by faith when it is attacked by authoritarian dogma. Always, in the final act, by determination and faith.”

― Archibald MacLeish

Sunday, July 6, 2014

EQ Exclusive: The Duck Dynasty vs. The Dynasty vs.The BINAY Dynasty

The Battle of The Dynasties
The Duck Dynasty vs. The Dynasty vs.The Binay Dynasty
"Duck Dynasty" is back with an all new season of hijinks surrounding Willie Robertson and the rest of the Duck Commander crew. To celebrate, Zap2it decided to offer a comparison chart between the massively popular A&E reality show, and its 1980s primetime predecessor, the original "Dynasty."
The EQualizer Post decided to compare our very own "Binay Political Dynasty" with these two popular U.S. dynasty-themed TV shows.
  • Duck Dynasty is an American reality television series on A&E that portrays the lives of the Robertson family, who became wealthy from their family-operated business, Duck Commander. The West Monroe, Louisiana business makes products for duck hunters, primarily a duck call called Duck Commander. The Robertson men—brothers Phil and Si, and Phil's sons Jase, Willie, and Jep—are known for their long beards and their religious views. The family was previously featured on the series Benelli Presents Duck Commander and its spin-off Buck Commander, which still airs on the Outdoor Channel. From Wikipedia
  • Dynasty is an American prime time television soap opera that aired on ABC from January 12, 1981 to May 11, 1989. The series, created by Richard and Esther Shapiro and produced by Aaron Spelling, revolved around the Carringtons, a fictional wealthy family, residing in Denver, Colorado. The series was ABC's competitor to CBS's prime time series, Dallas, and starred John Forsythe and Linda Evans as oil magnate Blake Carrington and his new wife Krystle.

  • The Binay Dynasty is a real Pinoy political drama. Four Binays all  in the government -- at the executive, in Congress, in one of the country's richest cities, and at the Senate -- all at the same time!
In the U.S., Americans simply have to press the "off" button of their remotes if they don't like their reality tv shows. 
However, for better or for worse,  the zany and sometimes tumultuous political relationships of The Binay Dynasty affect our daily lives in the Philippines. We can't use our remotes to shut them off!
 Political Dynasties:  A Reality in Philippine Politics
From Aljazeera

Miriam Santiago, a senator, said the Philippines is "the world capital of political dynasties", equating political families with "Mafia crime" syndicates.

Whether Santiago’s description is accurate or not, the country’s political landscape "is getting worse," Bobby Tuazon, director for policy studies at the Centre for People Empowerment in Governance, told Al Jazeera.

"A dynasty, is a dynasty, is a dynasty," Raymond Palatino, a youth sector representative in Congress, told Al Jazeera. "I refuse to believe that out of a population of 96 million, only a few families have this monopoly of intellect, passion and intention to serve our people."

He also rejected any local comparison to the Kennedys and Bushes in the US. Philippine democracy is styled after the US, one of its former colonial masters.

"In the Philippine experience, it didn’t lead to the flourishing of democracy, or the expansion of the economy," Palatino said. "It simply led to continued oligarchic control."

For Tuazon, a professor at the University of the Philippines, there is no such thing as a good dynasty.

"A dynasty is an anachronism to democracy," he said, warning that the Philippines could "forever be ruled" by political clans.

Tuazon, who has studied 600 years of Philippine political history, traced the country’s feudal culture back to the pre-Spanish Maharlika period, when local elites were dominant rulers of the fragmented islands. The system became institutionalised under Spanish rule starting in 1521, and continued during the American period from 1898 until 1946, when the Philippines gained its independence.

Following the popular revolution in 1986, the authors of the new constitution included a provision banning political dynasties. But 27 years later, Congress still has yet to pass a law implementing those rules.

‘Challenge the hegemony’

Jose Torres, editor of UCAN, a Catholic news agency, told Al Jazeera that it is impossible to pass a law implementing the ban when members of the same political clans are overseeing the process.

And with the levers of power already under their control, it has become even harder for alternative candidates to win and pass reforms, Torres said.

Theodore Te, a constitutional expert and spokesman of the Supreme Court, explained to Al Jazeera that the constitutional ban on dynasties "is not self executing" and it requires legislation from Congress.

"The separation of powers bars the Supreme Court from requiring Congress to act on something that is entirely legislative in nature," he said.
The Bertelsmann Report on The Philippines :
Entrenched clans hinder reforms!
The democratic and economic transformation of the Philippines is severely hindered by the oligarchic structures of both the political and the economic systems. The long-lasting and entrenched dominance of various family clans in both spheres still prevents the reforms necessary for the further deepening of democracy and the transformation to an authentic social market economy.
Political Dynasties
"Old, established family clans, which care more for their economic and political power than for a liberal democracy, pose an obstacle to further democratization of the Philippines. They are mostly co-opted within the democratic structures, but show resistance against any substantial reforms that would endanger their position and privilege."  The Bertelsmann Report 
"Binay Political Motto:Gaganda ang buhay ( namin?)."
In Defense of The Dynasty: “Hindi porket anak, magulang, pinsan, magkakamag anak nananalo . . . Ang importante . . . kayo naman ang boboto (It’s not enough that one’s sibling, parent or relative will win. What’s important is, you’re the one who’s going to vote).”  Jojo Binay
Rationale For Dynasty: "Sa isang malinis at marangal na halalan, bakit naman hindi? Tutal tao naman ang bumoboto.Yes, we're a dynasty. We're a dynasty of service." The Binays
From Why Nations Fail
In the Philippines we have seen how the political system was captured by an oligarchy whose consolidation was greatly facilitated by the way the US set up their colony. Marcos tried to break the oligarchy, but he failed and indeed if anything, as Benedict Anderson pointed out, the oligarchy surfaced after 1986 even more powerful than ever.
The clearest manifestation of the oligarchy in the Philippines and how it impacts politics is the existence of political dynasties. 
The extent to political dynasties in the Philippines is off the chart compared to any other country in the world. 60% of congress-people elected in 2007 had a previous relative who were also in congress. To give some sense of how high this is, the analogous figure in the US was 7%. In roughly half of the 80 provinces of the Philippines the governor is related to one of the congress-people.
This family run government is not a new thing in the Philippines and it dates all the way back to the US creation of democracy. In the first elections the US organized, to be eligible to run you had to come from a set of elite families recognized by the Americans, called the principalia. This was one of the ways in which the oligarchs had a huge head start and incumbent advantage became the way of life in the Philippines. 
How is it that these families perpetuate themselves in power even today? For one thing, being a member of a political dynasty massively increases your probability of being elected to any political office. For instance, if you are from a political dynasty and run for congress, you are 22 percentage points more likely to get elected relative to a non-dynastic candidate. This effect is even larger, 40 percentage points, if the dynastic candidate currently has a member of the family in some political office.