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Latest Senatorial Magic 12 Survey: Political Dynasties Very Much Alive!

Publish Date: Friday, February 8, 2013 | 2:53 PM

The names of the 2013 senatorial candidates reads like a who's who of political dynasties in the Philippines. And, not surprisingly, the members of such political dynasties have reached the 'Magic 12' senators based on the latest survey conducted by Pulse Asia.

Still topping the list of possible senatorial winners are Senators Loren Legarda and Chiz Escudero. But coming in third is 'dynasty senator' Alan Peter Cayetano. He is followed by a new entry into the political dynasty arena - Nancy Binay.

What? Can someone please enlighten me on her qualifications aside from being the daughter of Vice President Jejomar Binay, the daughter former Makati City mayor Elenita Binay, the sister of Makati Congresswoman Abigail Binay and the sister of current Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr.? (Pwedeng cast ng Ina, Kapatid, Anak - the reality version!)

Did I miss any more Binays in 'public service'? With the news that Jejomar Binay Sr. running for president in 2016, the Binay dynasty may well swell to unprecedented proportions in the next elections. Who knows, the Binay maid may also run for a barangay post in her hometown!

More names in the Magic 12 complete the reunion of the 'dynasty brotherhood' - Ejercito Estrada, Pimentel, Enrile, Villar, Zubiri (is his family still active in politics in Bukidnon?) and Angara. The list goes on after the top 12 positions.

The elections are three months away. But this survey shows us the likely outcome in the senatorial race. There will be more jostling for places in the Magic 12, especially for the last four slots, but it will be more or less the same political clans fighting it out.

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