Bam Aquino

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Just when the issue of Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares’ “qualifications” to run for president had been put to rest and allowing her to run for president, the dissenting opinion of Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio revealed that Llamanzares did not get a majority vote because the Supreme Court (SC) ruling on her citizenship was 7-5-3. Yes, seven is not a majority; it Read More …

Former Philippine president and mayoralty candidate Joseph Estrada (right) raising the hands of local candidates including his son, J V Ejercito (left), a senatorial candidate during a rally in Manila. Political dynasties have long been a feature of politics in the Philippines but analysts say that clan rule is becoming more entrenched, with a remarkably few number of families dominating elected posts at national and local levels.

By Karl Malakunas Gulf Times Another Benigno Aquino is set to become one of the Philippines’ most powerful politicians next week thanks to his name, part of what analysts warn is an increasingly destructive system of dynastic rule. The 36-year-old nephew and namesake of the current president is one of the front-runners to be elected to the Senate in mid-term elections, with many other favourites Read More …

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By Angie M. Rosales The Daily Tribune OSMEñA CITES VAST INFLUENCE OF PRESIDENT Relatives of President Aquino will not be allowed to seek any government position under a proposed definition of what constitutes a political dynasty in a bill that seeks to outlaw it, known Aquino supporter Sen. Sergio Osmeña III, who pushed the same measure a decade ago in Congress, said yesterday. At a Read More …

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By REY O. ARCILLA MALAYA ‘Surely, there must be an awful lot of deserving non-trapos among the 32 senatorial candidates who do not belong to political dynasties to fill up the 12 posts.’ PALACE: No stand on dynasty bill Naturally! The present occupant belongs to a political dynasty himself. He cannot say he is for an anti-dynasty law after having his nephew included in the Read More …

Bam Aquino and Ninoy Aquino

Pagtanaw at Pananaw Ni Bert de Guzman Isa pang Aquino, si Paolo Benigno Aquino 1V, pinsang-buo ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III na kamukhang-kamukha ng yumaong ex-Sen. Benigno S. Aquino Jr., ang nakatakdang pumasok sa pulitika. Kaagad, umani ng pagpuna ang balitang si Bam, palayaw ni Paolo Aquino, ay tatakbo bilang senador sa 2013 elections. Ito raw ay pagsulpot ng POLITICAL DYNASTY ng mga Aquino. Read More …

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BY DUCKY PAREDES MALAYA ‘I don’t know what Bam Aquino’s plans are. I would like him to go for the Senate like his uncles Ninoy and Butz and his aunt Tessie.’ WHAT 34-year old Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aguirre Aquino IV, son of Paul and Melanie, (nephew of Ninoy and Cory and first cousin of Noynoy) has achieved ought to make him a shoo-in for Senator Read More …