THE complaint that the Aquinos are creating a political dynasty through the possible inclusion of Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV in the Liberal Party senatorial slate for the 2013 elections comes a bit too late. There is already an Aquino dynasty, or more properly, an Aquino-Cojuangco dynasty, and it didn’t come into being yesterday.

The beginnings of that dynasty go back to the Malolos Congress in 1898, in which the great grandfather of Benigno Aquino III, Servillano Aquino, was the representative of Samar. From 1907 to 1909, during the United States occupation, his maternal great grandfather Melecio Cojuangco represented the first district of Tarlac in the Philippine Legislature.

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