A lawyer for a petition against the Cayetano family on Wednesday called out that the family is building a “super dynasty” as four of its family members are running for local and national government positions in next year’s midterm elections.
In a televised interview, lawyer Atty. Emilio Marañon III – the counsel of Leonides Buac Jr. who asked the Comelec to block the congressional bids of former Foreign Affairs Sec Alan Peter Cayetano and outgoing Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano, said that what they are doing is not just plain dynasty but a “super dynasty” that seemed to look like a territorial expansion.
“We are calling this not just a plain political dynasty but actually a super dynasty. We’re not only looking at generational continuity in one position, but we’re actually looking at territorial expansion,” said Marañon.
The Cayetano couple earlier said the disqualification case against them was “irrelevant to our constituents’ desire.”
With the Cayetano case, the Comelec has “golden opportunity” to set a precedent and apply the Constitution’s anti-dynasty provision, which was defined in the Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act, Marañon noted.
“The situation of the Cayetanos in running in all of these positions, is precisely the very evil the Constitution seeks to prevent and we have the opportunity now to raise this,” he said.