Term limits caused political dynasties: Speaker Alvarez

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House of Representatives Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said over DZMM radio on July 12 that term limits is a factor in formation of political dynasties.

“Ganito ‘yan, kung maalala ninyo, ‘yung political dynasty na ‘yan, nangyari ‘yan nung binigyan nila ng term limit ‘yung mga politiko. Nung araw, wala pang term limit, walang political dynasty. Ang naalala ko nung araw, isang politiko lang sa isang pamilya,” Alvarez said.

“Ngayon napaka-bright nga nung mga nagbago ng Constitution na ‘yun, kasama ‘yan si Christian Monsod doon, nilagyan ng term limit, ayan naglabasan ngayon ‘yung dynasty,” he added.

He said that in United States there is no limit on terms of government officials including the Supreme Court justices.

“Para sa akin, alam mo kahit na nga ‘yung Amerika walang term limit eh. Wala namang mga term limits talaga. In fact, sa Amerika kahit ‘yung mga justices ng Supreme Court nila hanggang mamatay walang retirement age. Nandudoon ‘yun hangga’t kaya nila,” he said.

He also explained that the more years an official is holding a certain position the more he/she is becoming expert on the job.

“Kasi ‘yung experience ng tao ay dapat nga vina-value mo ‘yun. Halimbawa, hindi ganon kadali na mag-aral sa systema ng legislative making body. So kung kailan naging bihasa ‘dun sa area ‘tsaka mo sinasabi na tama ka na ‘dyan, iba naman. Dapat nga vina-value natin ‘yun, na habang tumatagal siya diyan, lalo niyang naiintindihan ‘yung trabaho niya,” he said.

Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/07/13/18/alvarez-seeks-to-remove-politicians-term-limits-under-proposed-federal-charter