Sotto seeks to define “political dynasty”

President of the Senate Vicente “Tito” Sotto III. (File photo by JOHN ERIC MENDOZA/

MANILA, Philippines — Senate President Vicente Sotto III, a running mate, wants a definition of “political dynasty,” saying it exists when there is “concentrated influence” in a certain area.

“If there’s no concentrated influence…it’s not a political dynasty,” he said, speaking in a mix of English and Filipino during an interview Tuesday on AM radio station DZRH. “So we have to define it. This is my position.

He had been asked for his views on political dynasties and the bills pending in Congress to outlaw them.

“Let’s define it. If in one area their influence is concentrated, then you can call it a political dynasty. But if one does this and the other does that, it’s not a dynasty.

In Sotto’s case, his son, Gian Sotto, is the vice mayor of Quezon City, and his nephew, Vico Sotto, is the mayor of Pasig City.

The Constitution prohibits political dynasties, but no law has been passed defining what a political dynasty is.


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