Philippine Anti-Dynasty Law | Daily Prompt: You’ve Got the Power

You have the power to enact a single law. What would it be?

How long before you get enough of eating the same viand every day?

Say you are a Filipino like me and you go to a canteen which serves adobo. Only adobo. They have three kinds of adobo though: chicken adobo, pork adobo, and mix adobo. Still only adobo. All of which could be made into sweet, spicy, mix of the two, or the classic. Of course only adobo. For special occasions and holidays, they liven it up with some fried egg, raisins, or pineapple. Or beef. But only adobo.

Kind of sickening, isn’t it? Having adobo, day in, day out? Adobo for breakfast, lunch, merienda, and dinner. Adobo all your life?

That’s our political situation here in the Philippines: it’s the same people during election time.

Every three years, it’s rubbed into our faces how limited our choices are—be it local or national elections. Granted that the current law gives everyone three (consecutive) passes for the same position, the power remains in the family by “encouraging” other members of the clan to run for the same office. Or somewhere near it. So the condition of the city, region, and the country remains the same since the people who run it would not give up their seats.

And that is why I would like to crack wide the flood gate: pass the Anti-Dynasty Law.

Frankly, I would need help in this one since there are fine prints. How to define a dynasty? A clan? Succession? Number of attempts? Being and staying in the government?

Personally, I believe—with the right people backing me up—we could pass this and let more people through the gates of the Commission on Election. And not just the nuisance candidates, I mean.

One Other Appeal

I am aware that this isn’t in the bounds of the Daily Prompt but I’m taking a shot at it anyway.

Please amend the current Juvenile Act. It’s sending out a terrible idea to the kids.

Not only does the Act appear to protect them, it makes them practically untouchable. For the record, I don’t hate kids. What I don’t like is how they have come to have this attitude that they could bully, hurt, and even kill people—adults and other kids—and never be held liable for it because they are under the age limit.

Because of that same limit, other adults take advantage of it. Syndicates use them as petty thieves. Even their own parents employ them as they work the neighborhood and the streets. And it only gets worse: they rape kids younger than they are and bring guns to schools and go on rampages.

The department that is supposed to straighten them out (granted kids are caught) is ill-equipped. And the solon who thought of this bright idea did not prepare that department for what the Juvenile Act asks of them. This law needs serious changes.


19 Comments Add yours




    1. matiserrano says:

      Cool! I like it too.


  2. Maybe you could include other SE Asia countries into your cancellation of the Anti-Dynasty law???


    1. matiserrano says:

      Say that the version that would get passed in our country actually works, then I’d share with the rest of the region.
      Maybe even the rest of the world.


  3. Hi Mati,

    Found your blog through today’s Daily Prompt, and your post inspired me to write about similar things happening in my country. Hats off to the adobo analogy.

    Greetings from Jakarta.


    1. matiserrano says:

      Terima kasih!
      Cool. Speaking of Jakarta, I have a couple of friends there–former dorm mates in college. I just got reminded.
      Anyway, thanks for that.


  4. I back you up with both. This country needs some big time changes. Sigh.


    1. matiserrano says:

      It sure does.
      We’re long overdue for a great change.


  5. Suzanne says:

    Great post. What a terrible political situation. Your anti-dynasty law is brilliant.


    1. matiserrano says:

      And it only gets worse.
      For the record, the Anti-Dynasty Law is “kind of” in Congress but isn’t really getting anywhere because–if it did–it would unseat too many people that are there plus many more in the government who just can’t get enough of political power.


      1. Suzanne says:

        Gosh and I thought Australian politics were bad!


        1. matiserrano says:

          We’re no. 1 in corruption, among other things.
          Of course, the government denies that.


  6. kimberlu78 says:

    I’m Filipino and I like Adobo..but can’t cook it every week, maybe twice a month is tolerable. Btw, I live in Makati so I totally understand your Adobo concept 🙂


    1. Mati Serrano says:

      My brother has it worse: he hates eating the same fare the same day. So to him, this concept is a no from the get-go.


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