Assessing the Potential Success of the People's Initiative on an Anti-Political Dynasty Act: Data from the Top Five Most Dynastic Philippine Provinces

16 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2014

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Ronald U. Mendoza

Ateneo De Manila University - Ateneo School of Government

Jan Fredrick Cruz

Joint Ateneo Institute for Mindanao Economics; Ateneo de Manila University - Department of Economics

David Barua Yap II

Asian Institute of Management - Policy Center

Date Written: August 1, 2014

Abstract

Efforts are now underway to mobilize support for a petition for the enactment of a national legislation on an Anti-Political Dynasty Act through people’s initiative. This is made possible by Article VI, Section 32 of the Constitution, that enables the public to propose a law “after the registration of a petition therefore signed by at least ten per centum [10%] of the total number of registered voters, of which every legislative district must be represented by at least three per centum [3%] of the registered voters thereof”. For this initiative to succeed, it requires gathering the signatures of nearly 5.2-million registered voters spread across the entire country. If successful, this would, in turn, pave the way for a referendum or plebiscite on an Anti-Political Dynasty Act. To help assess the prospects for collecting enough signatures in selected Philippine provinces, we turn to data on the 2013 elections. In particular, we examine the Mayoral votes in each of the municipalities in some of these provinces, in order to arrive at a rough barometer of potential support for the petition.

Keywords: democracy; political dynasty; inclusive growth; political equality; social inequality

JEL Classification: D70; J45; N41; N42

Suggested Citation

Mendoza, Ronald U. and Cruz, Jan Fredrick and Yap II, David Barua, Assessing the Potential Success of the People's Initiative on an Anti-Political Dynasty Act: Data from the Top Five Most Dynastic Philippine Provinces (August 1, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2466959 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2466959

Ronald U. Mendoza (Contact Author)

Ateneo De Manila University - Ateneo School of Government ( email )

Katipunan Road
Loyola Heights
Quezon City, 1108
Philippines

Jan Fredrick Cruz

Joint Ateneo Institute for Mindanao Economics ( email )

E. Jacinto St.,
Roxas St.,
Davao City, Davao 8016
Philippines

Ateneo de Manila University - Department of Economics ( email )

Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights
Quezon City, 1108
Philippines

David Barua Yap II

Asian Institute of Management - Policy Center ( email )

Eugenio Lopez Foundation Bldg
Joseph McMicking Campus, 123 Paseo de Roxas
Makati City
Philippines

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