Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Can't get enough of the Cayetanos, Pimentels and Estradas?

The problem with us Filipinos, especially those in power, is that we think that politics is a profession. Let me say this---politics is NOT a job nor a profession--it was created purposely to serve the interests of the majority.

There is a mistaken notice in these parts that politics is a job. No.

Look at the Cayetanos. Pia and Alan Peter Cayetano serve as senators. Alan Peter's brother, Renren, serves as councilor of the lone district of Taguig, their hometown.

Today, Alan Peter's wife, Lani, will file her COC for mayor of Taguig. Lani will abandon her Congressional post and Renren will replace her in Congress. So there. Taguig, it seems, is Cayetano's fiefdom.

Senator Aquilino Pimentel wants to retire and has fielded his daughter Atty. Gwen Pimentel to run for the Senate under the Nacionalista Party. Should Koko wins his electoral protest case against Senator Migz Zubiri and Gwen also wins, there would be two Pimentels serving as Senators.

Another example is the Ejercito-Estradas. Loi gave way to Jinggoy who is now running for re-election. Should Joseph Estrada, the clan patriarch, wins the presidency, two Estradas will occupy both the legislative and the executive departments. Erap's common-law wife, and the mother of JV Ejercito, is running for the mayoral post in San Juan.

So, if we hate the guts of the Ampatuans in Maguindanao who practically control one province, don't be shocked. This dynastic phenomena happens everywhere.

In Ilocos Sur, Cong. Eric Singson is retiring. He will be replaced by his son, Owen. Imelda Marcos, of course, has filed her CoC to replace Bongbong Marcos for Congress.

Same goes to Mrs. Arroyo who will replace Mikey, her son, as Second District representative in Pampanga. Mikey will go against Pampanga Governor Ed Panlilio. Mikey's brother Dato Arroyo is seeking a second term in Bicol, while his aunt, will again run for Congresswoman either under the same partylist or thru legislative district.

In Quezon City, Mayor Sonny Belmonte guns for Congress while his daughter runs for the vice mayoral post with Vice Mayor Bistek Bautista.

Valenzuela is Gatchalian territory. Sherwin guns for another crack at the mayoral post, while his brother seeks re-election as Congressman for the district.