​VERA FILES FACT SHEET: Draft charter defines, bans political dynasties

President Rodrigo Duterte approved as a whole July 9 the draft revision of the 1987 Constitution which outlines – and prohibits – political dynasties in the country.

Members of a family who maintain or are “capable of maintaining political control” in a national, regional or local position are barred from running simultaneously or in succeeding elections.

In this fourth of a series of fact sheets on the draft charter, VERA Files highlights the new sections on suffrage and political rights.

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