Nene's Son Koko Defends Senate Bid

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Lawyer Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel yesterday defended his inclusion in the 12-man senatorial ticket of the United Opposition (UNO) as he disputed criticisms that a Pimentel political dynasty is forming.

In the first place, he said that the political dynasty provision in the 1987 Constitution is stated this way: "The State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service, and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law."

He said that since there is no law defining what a political dynasty is and also no law prohibiting relatives of incumbent officials from running for public office, then it is unfair to single him out for being interested in running for the Senate this May.

"Since the second part of the provision is not yet effective, isn't the first part applicable to me?" Pimentel said, referring to the State guarantee for equal access to opportunities for public service. "I should also have the opportunity for public service," he added.

"If we look at the history of the Senate, there were cousins, father and son-in-law, and mother and son who were elected senators. …