Three more lawmakers file separate bills resetting the barangay, SK polls
REPRESENTATIVES Eduardo Gullas (1st District, Cebu), Nelson Dayanghirang (1st District, Davao Oriental) and Anthony Golez (Lone District, Bacolod City) are the latest authors of the bills calling for the postponement of the barangay and SK elections to October 2015.
Their measures will be included in the deliberations of the same bills which are pending before the House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms chaired by Rep. Elpidio Barzaga (Lone District, Dasmariñas City).
There are more than half-a-dozen bills filed in the House of Representatives calling for the resetting of the coming 2013 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls.
Gullas, author of House Bill 6147, proposes that the synchronized election of the Barangay officials with the Sangguniang Kabataan be held every five years to commence on the second Monday of October 2015.
Gullas said local officials are the pillars of every barangay in the country, where they are looked up to guide and help constituents in the activities of everyday lives especially the poorest of the poor, the extension of the tenure of these officials is in order.
“The economic take off that we are now having might be upset and stunned if another electoral exercise will be held in 2013,” Gullas said.
Dayanghirang’s proposed bill resets the polls to October 2015 and schedules subsequent elections to be held every three years thereafter.
Dayanghirang said that the people are waiting for the dividends of progress and improvement from the leadership of President Benigno Aquino III, but a second election next year would have minimal
contribution to that progress while held at a very high cost.
“Resetting the polls next year would give the government the much needed fiscal resources and also avoid contributing to further budgetary deficit,” Dayanghirang said.
Golez’s House Bill 6037 also seeks to reset the polls to the last Monday of October 2015.
“The country, Golez said, is not spared from the effects of the current global economic turmoil that is foreseen to have an impact even years from now. The scarce resources that our country is better
spent on endeavors that will promote more economic activity,” Golez stressed.