Drilon sincerity vs dynasties doubted

Mike Defensor
Anakalusugan party-list Rep. Mike Defensor

“HIGHLY doubtful.”

This was how Anakalusugan party-list Rep. Mike Defensor rated Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon’s “sincerity” in championing the anti-political dynasty bill.

“With all due respect to Senator Drilon, the Liberal Party (LP) firmly controlled both houses of Congress for six years during the Aquino administration, and yet they never bothered to pass the bill seeking to define and forbid political dynasties,” said Defensor, chairman of the House committee on public accounts.

“The truth is, the LP sat on the bill because they have political dynasties of their own to protect,” said Defensor.

Drilon is LP vice chairman and served as Senate President on four occasions. He last held the top Senate post during the second half of Benigno Aquino III’s presidency, from 2013 to 2016.

The 1987 Constitution provides that the “State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law.”

However, Congress has yet to pass a law specifying and banning political dynasties.

Defensor, meanwhile, said he was not surprised by President Rodrigo Duterte’s rants against Drilon for defending the Lopezes and other oligarchs.

“We understand the Senator is still being retained by one of the country’s largest law firms,” Defensor said.

Drilon is listed as the lone “senior counsel” of Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRA), according to the law firm’s website.