Sara Duterte: 3 Presidential children in 2019 polls is political dynasty, but voters have final say

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 18) — Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor reelectionist Sara Duterte admitted that the decision of her brothers to run in the 2019 elections could result in a political dynasty, but argued that the choice to elect them was still up to the voters.

"We really cannot deny that. Ang mga detractor, sasabihin ng mga opposition, na political dynasty. Yes, it's a political dynasty, but in a sense na we are submitting ourselves to elections, so it is still a democratic process," she told local reporters on Wednesday.

Three of President Rodrigo Duterte's children are hoping to get elected into public office next year. Sara's younger brother, Sebastian "Baste," wants to be vice mayor of Davao City. Her  older brother, the eldest son of President Rodrigo Duterte and former Davao vice-mayor Paolo or Pulong is entering the race for the city's first district representative.

Sara noted that several family members running for public office is common in the Philippine political landscape so the situation with her family was no different from other established dynasties in the country.

"Masama man na magturo ng iba, pero it's not only here in Davao City. It's not only here in the Philippines. Kung makita ninyo sa ibang bansa usually, if you come from a family of doctors you become a doctor.  When you come from a family of politicians, most likely you become a politician," she pointed out.

Prior to being elected President in 2016, the Duterte patriarch was a congressman and long-term mayor of Davao.

Last March, the President said he would accept the anti-political dynasty law if that was what the people wanted.  The Consultative Committee that reviewed the 1987 Constitution also banned political dynasties under a federal government.

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