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Jestoni Coson

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Political Dynasty of the Philippines We call this interrelationship as a Political Dynasty or DYNASTOCRACY– a government ruled by a few families controlling certain regions, provinces and cities and municipalities in our country.
This is designed to preserve and propagate power within the clans giving scant options to the less privileged people to assume political power. Needless to say the clans their allies and minions who hold the levers of power likewise have economic dominance. Such is the perverted power dynamics we have today. The Cojuangco Political Dynasty List of Political Family of Cojuangco Melecio Cojuangco (former Representative, 1st Philippine Assembly)
Eduardo Cojuangco Sr. (former provincial governor)
Eduardo Cojuangco Jr. (former 1992 Presidential candidate; former Representative, House of Representatives); Chairman, San Miguel Corporation
Carlos Cojuangco (Representative, House of Representatives; former town Mayor)
Marcos Cojuangco (Representative, House of Representatives)
Enrique "Henry" Cojuangco (Representative, 1st District of Tarlac, 2012–present)
Don Jose "Pepe" Cojuangco, Sr. (former Representative, 10th Philippine Assembly; father of Corazon Aquino)
Jose "Peping" Cojuangco, Jr. (Presidential adviser on Food Security; former Representative, House of Representatives; current President of the Philippine Olympic Committee), brother of Corazon Aquino
Margarita "Ting-Ting" Cojuangco (Undersecretary for Interior and Local Government; former provincial governor; wife of Jose Jr.)
Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino (former president)
Benigno Simeon Aquino III (15th President of the Philippines)
Mercedes Cojuangco-Teodoro - former Assemblyperson representing Tarlac, Interim Batasang Pambansa
Gilberto Teodoro Sr. - Administrator, Social Security System ( - 1986) and husband of Mercedes
Gilberto "Gibo" Teodoro Jr. - former Congressman, 1st District of Tarlac; former Secretary of Department of National Defense (Philippines); Presidential candidate for the May 10, 2010 Elections; son of Mercedes Cojuangco-Teodoro
Cong.Monica Louise P. Teodoro - Congresswoman, 1st District Tarlac; Spouse of Gilbert Teodoro
Mayor Miguel Cojuangco Rivilla (Town Mayor, Municipality of Paniqui, Tarlac) Melecio Cojuangco Cojuangco Family Background The beginnings of the Cojuangco family can be traced back to Hong Chian town in Tongan province, China. Former President Corazon Aquino’s,great grandfather was the first generation of the Cojuangco clan that came to the Philippines in 1861. His name formerly, Mr. Co Yu Hwan converted to Catholicism when he came to Manila and was baptized Mr. Jose Cojuangco. He married Antera Estrella, a Filipina and settled in Malolos. They had two girls and one boy; Isila born in 1867, Melecio born in 1871 and Chanita born in 1876. In 1896, the whole family transferred to Tarlac after Melecio married a Chinese mestiza ‘Tiakla Chico in 1894 . Among them are : Jose Cojuangco Jr. , the father of the former President of the Philippines, Mrs.Aquino. Antonio who was the the father of Ramon Cojuangco, the former president of the Philippine Telephone Communications and Eduardo Cojuangco Sr. the father of Danding Cojuangco who is one of the closest friends of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos. President Corazon Aquino is the 4th generation of the Cojuangco clan Melecio entered politics and became town president of Paniqui and was eventually elected as a representative in the National Assembly in 1907. He was married to Tecla Chichioco and they had four children: Jose “Pepe” Sr, Juan, Antonio, and Eduardo “Endeng” Sr. Melecio died in 1909. By the 1930s, the Cojuangcos were the biggest land-owners — tens of thousands of hectares — in Central Luzon. In 1938, the Cojuangco, Jacinto, and Rufino families founded the Philippine Bank of Commerce, the first bank in the country wholly owned by Filipinos. (former Representative, 1st Philippine Assembly) (former president) was a Filipino politician who served as the 11th President of the Philippines, the first woman to hold that office, and the first female president in Asia. Regarded as "The Mother of Philippine Democracy," Cory led the 1986 People Power Revolution, which toppled Ferdinand Marcos and restored democracy in the Philippines. She was named Time magazine's "Woman of the Year" in 1986.

* Her first exposure to the world of Philippine politics began shortly after the birth of their first child, in November of 1955, when her husband became the mayor of Concepcion, Tarlac.
* (former 1992 Presidential candidate; former Representative, House of Representatives); Chairman, San Miguel Corporation also known as Danding Cojuangco, is the chairman of San Miguel Corporation, the largest food and beverage corporation in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, former Philippine ambassador, and former governor of Tarlac.

- He was a candidate for the Philippine presidency in 1992, ultimately losing in a tight election to Fidel V. Ramos. Ramos received 23.6% of the vote. Miriam Defensor Santiago came in second with 19.7% and Cojuangco came in third with 18.2%

- Danding left the Philippines for exile on Feb. 25, 1986 with then President Ferdinand E. Marcos after the Edsa uprising, returning only in November 1989. He ran for president in the controversial 1992 election and lost by a close margin, but his vice-presidential running-mate Joseph “Erap” Estrada won. In 1998 when Erap rose to the presidency, Danding regained control of San Miguel and has led its phenomenal growth under his loyal executive Ramon S. Ang. Eduardo Cojuangco, Jr. (Presidential adviser on Food Security; former Representative, House of Representatives; current President of the Philippine Olympic Committee) was a former Representative of the 1st district of Tarlac in the Philippines. He served from 1934 to 1946. Cojuangco is one of the patriarchs of the Cojuangco clan. He was the father of former Philippines President Corazon Aquino and the grandfather of current Philippines President Benigno Aquino III. His other grandchildren include actresses Kris Aquino and Mikee Cojuangco. Jose "Peping" Cojuangco, Jr. (Representative, House of Representatives; former town Mayor) Carlos “Charlie” Cojuangco is a nephew of Cory Aquino. He is the Representative of the 4th district of Negros Occidental since 1998 to present. He was a former mayor. His wife was the late Rio Diaz. Carlos Cojuangco REFERENCES: http://www.wikipedia.com
http://scribd.com Relevance It is interesting to note how political dynasties today make every region, municipality, town and city family turf. For instance, we best remember Batanes with the Abads who have served the legislature since 1965; the charm of Northern Ilocos is attributed mostly to the Marcoses who became prominent in public service in 1925; and of course, Tarlac where the Aquinos-Cojuangcos, considered as the most powerful dynasty today, originated.

The continuing phenomenon of political dynasties today reflects the encompassing influence of traditional politics. Recent studies reveal that “since 1903 to present, dynastic candidates have had about thirty percent greater chance of winning over non-traditional rivals,” according to Tuazon. It has become customary for citizens to base their decisions on personality-based campaigns backed by familial or dynastic support. While an ideology is in place, for Tuazon, “such dynasties perpetuate and enjoy various advantages in traditional kinship networks, political machineries, wealth, property, access to government sources, weak political party system, weak electoral system, culture of powerlessness among the people, and warlordism.” Cory, damaged culture and cacique democracy
Cory Aquino's personal qualities helped her assume the mantle of leadership after her husband's assassination. But what was her legacy, not as leader of the opposition but as first president of the post-Marcos era?

This is the first of the big things they get wrong, the sense of hope that Cory Aquino embodied. There are still others. one would think that a comprehensive agrarian reform program would never pass a landlord-dominated Congress, or that the US military bases would never be removed, or that local governments would never become viable units of governance, or that a successful handover of power, despite the smallest presidential mandate in history, would never be accepted by the public in 1992, and at once.

By: Anonymous Political Dynasty in Philippines
How is it that these families perpetuate themselves in power even today? For one thing, being a member of a political dynasty massively increases your probability of being elected to any political office. For instance, if you are from a political dynasty and run for congress, you are 22 percentage points more likely to get elected relative to a non-dynastic candidate. This effect is even larger, 40 percentage points, if the dynastic candidate currently has a member of the family in some political office.

But this correlation could mean many things. Maybe rich families with large landholdings or wealth or some specific talent form dynasties and it is not really the dynasty that matters but these characteristics correlated with the formation of a political dynasty. For example, Ted Kennedy came from a dynasty of rich Bostonians with a strong interest (and success) in politics. But perhaps, it wasn’t that his father was a senator or his brother a president that made Ted Kennedy likely to be elected, but his family’s wealth or other characteristics of this ambitious family. GROUP MEMBERS: VIRAY, Marcelo Drake
COSON, Jestoni B.
CABRERA, Aaron Darren
BATACAN, Roland Padrid The Philippine Politics Reasons Why PH Can't Abolish Political Dynasty Tradition
This becomes our tradition. It's been deep-rooted in our Political-system and only a new form of government may stop this. Who voted these people? It is us! In short we are intentionally or unintentionally put these Political-families into office.

Who else can run?
I firmly believe that there are more people out there who are Competent-to-run for a post. But they are not famous, they don't have the money to fund the campaign, their supporters are only their community.

We can't deny that to have power is something a plus to us. The +Greed-for-power sometimes can lead to corruption is not good for the countrymen. These people might believe that once they are in authority they are already +Above-the-law and no one can stop them.

Follow the footsteps
When the three terms are over, a mayor for example will endorse his councilor-son as +The-next-mayor to follow his footsteps and to +Continue-the-agenda that he started. Is this true? To some it is but others fail.

Hide corruption
When these high officials are faced with +Graft-charges or administrative-charges they then prepare their kin to a post to cover up corruptions made during the term. Even they are in power, still they are afraid.

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