- Senator Franklin Drilon aired his thoughts regarding the issue of President Rodrigo Duterte on oligarchy in the country
- Drilon clarified the essential meaning of “oligarchy” and that it is not based on wealth alone
- He also urged the Duterte administration to push the Anti-Dynasty Bill to totally dismantle oligarchy in the Philippines
- The lawmaker also mentioned that he is willing to sit-down with the admin to examine the laws to prevent the oligarchy
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon aired his thoughts regarding the previous statement of President Rodrigo Duterte about dismantling the oligarchy in the Philippines.
KAMI learned that for Drilon, oligarchy is “easy to achieve” in the country because of the “lack of an anti-dynasty provision.”
In a Facebook post by News5, Drilon clarified the essential meaning of being an oligarch in a country.
“It does not mean that if you are rich that you are an oligarch. An oligarch is the one who would influence the decisions of the government using political power. Indeed, we should not have oligarchs because that is not good,” he said.
"You are an oligarch if you use your power to promote through the political system your own interest,” Drilon added.
The Senate minority leader also mentioned that he is willing to sit-down with the Duterte administration to examine the laws that should be amended to prevent oligarchy
"I am willing to sit down with [the] Duterte administration to examine laws we have and find out which laws should be amended that makes oligarchy possible," he said.
"They wield power for their own benefit. It has gone so bad that these dynasties now hold simultaneous national and local positions," he continued.
As reported by ABS-CBN (authored by Katrina Domingo), Drilon also believes that President Duterte has the capacity to push the Anti-Dynasty bill in Congress.
"With the popularity rating of the President, he has the capacity to push that [Anti-Dynasty bill] in Congress," he said.
President Rodrigo Duterte has four children—Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, Davao City 1st District Rep. Paolo Duterte, Davao City Vice Mayor Baste Duterte, and Kitty Duterte.
Earlier, President Duterte proudly announced that he was able to “dismantle” the oligarchs who manipulated the economy of the country.
The President also said that wealthy businessmen like Gabby Lopez and Zobel de Ayala already apologized to him.
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