Hagedorns reject 'political dynasty' tag
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PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan - Members of the Hagedorn clan bidding for public office in the 2013 elections vehemently rejected the “political dynasty” tag, saying it is unfair to them.
Speaking at the proclamation rally of Team 4H (4 Hagedorns) Tuesday, the Hagedorns said there is no such thing as a political dynasty especially as they will go through the legitimate process of election.
Aside from senatorial candidate Edward Hagedorn, who served as Puerto Princesa’s local chief executive for almost two decades, three of his relatives will vie for the city’ s top positions.
Hagedorn's elder brother, Douglas, congressional candidate for the newly established Palawan 3rd Congressional District that includes Puerto Princesa and nearby southern Palawan town Aborlan, said he and his family should not be judged by their family name.
“Unfair talaga. Dahil ba Hagedorn kami, wala na kaming karapatan maglingkod sa bayan (Just because we’re a Hagedorn, we don’t have the right to serve the country)?” the Team 4H congressional bet said.
Douglas’s son, Mark David, who is eyeing the vice mayoralty post, insisted that the Hagedorns have the experience and track record that make them capable to run.
“Lahat kami may experience na sa public service (We have all experience in public service). Me and my dad started in our barangays. Auntie Ellen worked in the government even prior to Uncle Ed being elected as the city mayor in 1992. Hindi kami kagaya ng ibang pamilya diyan na parang pinabili lang ng suka at pinatakbo (We’re not like other families who were simply asked to run for the sake of running),” the young Hagedorn said.
Amidst rumors that they ran to manipulate the leadership of the city for personal interest, mayoralty candidate and the current mayor’s wife Ellen Marcelo-Hagedorn said that the family never took advantage of the trust that the people of Puerto Princesa has given them over the years.
“Kung gusto namin pagkakitaan ang gobyerno, sana sa 20 years ni Edward mayaman na kami. Lahat po yan binabalik namin sa tao. Alam yan ng mga taga-Puerto Princesa. Hindi po kami nagkakamkam ng pera (If we had wanted to earn off the government, Edward’s 20 years in government would have made us rich. We gave back to the people. The people of Puerto Princesa know this. We have not amassed money),” she said.
Hagedorn, the senatorial candidate, admitted that he agreed to have his relatives run for various elective positions because he believes their leadership would be good for Puerto Princesa.
“When they told me that they wanted to run, di ko na sila pinigilan. Pinaghirapan natin sa loob ng 20 taon kung ano man ang Puerto Princesa ngayon. At very critical sa pag-unlad ng Puerto Princesa ang mga susunod na taon. Hindi natin ito maipagkakatiwala sa iba. Para na rin maipagpatuloy ang nasimulan natin (I did not stop them. We worked for 20 years to achieve what Puerto Princesa is now today. And the next leaders will be critical to the development of puerto Princesa. We cannot entrust this to anyone. So that what we started may be continued),” the incumbent Mayor said.
Although saddened by the “political dynasty” tag thrown at his family, Hagedorn vowed to clarify the issue through legislation if elected senator.
“Kung papalarin tayo sa Senado, gusto kong linawin itong issue ng political dynasty. Hanggang saan ba dapat ang level of consanguinity? Naniniwala kasi ako na kung gusto talaga nilang magsilbi sa bayan at kung karapat-dapat naman, bakit mo pagbabawalan (If we get lucky and land a Senate seat, I want to clarify the issue of political dynasty. Up to what level of consanguinity? I believe that if they really want to serve and they are competent, why stop them)?” he said.