DEBATE: Does the fault for political dynasties lie with the voters?

01.07.2016
Politics Society

Susan Ople, the advocate for Overseas Filipino Workers and daughter of late senator Blas Ople, has called it an ‘act of courage’ to speak up against political dynasties. Given the realities of election violence and stranglehold on power that certain dynasties hold, it really is, and speaking up often comes with grave personal risk.

Susan Ople, the advocate for Overseas Filipino Workers and daughter of late senator Blas Ople, has called it an ‘act of courage’ to speak up against political dynasties. Given the realities of election violence and the stranglehold on power that certain dynasties hold, it really is, and speaking up often comes with grave personal risk. 

Ople also says, however, that every voter has the power of change within him/her, and that we should simply choose based on competence, rather than name, to transform our political landscape. Is the issue really the voters? Is it helpful for Ople to frame the problem in this way? 

Read the full article below then join us back in our comments section to let us know who you think bears the responsibility for the persistence of political dynasties, why voters continue to vote in political dynasts, and what we as voters should do. 

Jee Y. Geronimo, “Susan Ople: ‘Act of course’ to speak vs political dynasties,” Rappler

http://www.rappler.com/nation/politics/elections/2016/113936-susan-ople-political-dynasty

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