Duterte for anti-political dynasty law if people will it

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 20) — President Rodrigo Duterte is willing to accept the anti-political dynasty law if that is what the people want.

Duterte, who comes from a political family himself, said he would not have any problem if the measure were passed.

He said this in a speech during an event in Pasay City Wednesday, saying, "Dumadating itong dynasty, dynasty law. Nirerespeto ko yan. If that is the will, (kung) yun ang gusto ng tao. Walang problema yan."

[Translation: Here comes this (anti-political) dynasty law. If that is the people's will, if that's what they want, there is no problem.]

On March 13, the Consultative Committee tasked to review the 1987 Constitution moved to ban political dynasties under a federal government.

Eighteen out the 20-member committee made the unanimous move following their decision to only regulate political dynasties.

Under the ban, an incumbent official's relative within the second civil degree of consanguinity or affinity is not allowed to run for the same position in the immediate next election.

This covers the spouse, parents, children, in-laws, grandparents, siblings, and grandchildren of an official.

These relatives are also banned from running for more than one national and one regional or local position in the same election.

The national positions stated in the provisions cover the President, Vice President, senators, and congressmen.

However, recommendations from the Consultative Committee are still up for Congress approval.

Although the 1987 Constitution explicitly prohibits political dynasties, no law has been passed governing such, even after three decades. Critics said it's because many lawmakers themselves come from political dynasties.

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While there is yet to be a clear-cut definition of the term "political dynasty," a pending Senate bill defines it as the "concentration, consolidation or perpetuation of public office and political power by persons related to each other."

CNN Philippines senior digital producer Eimor Santos contributed to this report.