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Many argue that one factor why the Philippines is underdeveloped in the dominance and perpetuation of political dynasties. The 1987 Philippine constitution, Article 2, Section 26 declares that, “The State shall guarantee equal access to public service and prohibit political dynasty as may be defined by law (Dannug and Campanilla 497).” A few politicians have tried to pass laws that would put an end to spread and persistence of political dynasties in the country. In 2004, Senate Bill 1317, an anti-dynasty bill has been filed by then Senator Alfredo Lim and by Senator Panfilo Lacson in 2007. Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago is the most recent to file the anti-political dynasties act in 2011, which defines political dynasty as a situation when the spouse or a relative within the second degree of consanguinity holds a political office during the same term, runs for the same position immediately after the term of office of an incumbent official, or runs simultaneously for elective public office even if neither is related to an incumbent elected official.
In the Philippines, it is appare…