Senator Manny Pacquiao has his eye on the Philippine presidency. Photo: EPA-EFE
Senator Manny Pacquiao has his eye on the Philippine presidency. Photo: EPA-EFE

Duterte, Marcos, Estrada, Cayetano: Pacquiao can’t beat the Philippines’ political dynasties, but he can join them

  • In the Philippines’ free and open elections, it’s easy to vote a political family out of power – vote another one in. Welcome to the ‘world capital’ of political dynasties
  • The Duterte and Pacquiao clans are just the latest big-hitters in a tradition that goes back generations and bestows great benefits. As one observer puts it, ‘if politicians were listed on the stock exchange, they’d put most blue chips to shame’

Senator Manny Pacquiao has his eye on the Philippine presidency. Photo: EPA-EFE
Senator Manny Pacquiao has his eye on the Philippine presidency. Photo: EPA-EFE
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