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A Game of Thrones-Style Guide to the Biggest Political Families in the Philippines, Courtesy of Young Voters

They call it “Game of Trapos.” 
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With the 2022 elections just around the corner, more politicians are disclosing their intentions to run, and unsurprisingly, it’s the same last names we’ve heard for decades. Political dynasties are, unfortunately, inevitable despite their widespread disapproval. Politicians from both sides of the fence have hailed from political dynasties—President Rodrigo Duterte hails from the Duterte clan, Bongbong Marcos belongs to both the Romualdez and Marcos families, the late Ninoy Aquino and Noynoy Aquino were born into the Aquinos of Tarlac, while Mar Roxas is both an Araneta and a Roxas. 

There have been plenty of tries to pass anti-political dynasty laws, the latest of which were filed by senator Panfilo Lacson and senator Frank Drilon. Both bills would prevent political families from holding more than one post in any city or province and prevent relatives of officials in national posts from running in their respective provinces. Duterte himself has said that he would back an anti-political dynasty bill but doubts it would get approved in a Congress where many would be affected by such a law. 

So where does that leave us? With the persistent mentality that blood runs deep in Philippine politics whether you’re “yellow” or “red.”

The young students of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy from the University of the Philippines decided to take matters into their own hands by creating a now-viral series of family trees of the Philippines’ most prevailing political families—and how they intersect. The creators did their research as every tree is backed with a flood of sources. 

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In this album that focuses on the most prominent political families in the country, viewers can see how positions (and even provinces) have been kept in firm control of certain families for decades, sometimes centuries.

Browse the family trees below and let us know: do you think Congress will put an end to political dynasties in this day and age? 

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