Proposal to postpone barangay and SK elections draws mixed reactions

THE proposal of Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes to postpone the holding of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections scheduled this October drew mixed reactions from the members of the House of Representatives.

Brillantes has sought the postponement of the polls next year to give the Comelec more time to prepare for it, considering the mid-term election was just recently conducted.  He acknowledged, however, that only Congress could postpone the elections through a bill.

Rep. Marcelino Teodoro (1st District, Marikina City) said only Congress has the sole jurisdiction to reset the barangay and SK elections.

“However, if the President sees the need to proceed with the October elections, any measure geared towards its postponement will be vetoed by the President,” Teodoro said.

Teodoro said the plight of the Comelec is understandable due to the recent midterm elections.  However, it is the prerogative of the President to disapprove the proposal.

Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan (Party-list, Gabriela) shared Teodoro’s opinion that only Congress has the power to postpone the barangay and SK elections.

“Brillantes cannot decide on his own to change the electoral calendar.  It would be illegal.  Congress has to legislate the postponement and there is very little time left, almost nil,” Ilagan said.

On the other hand, Rep. Winston Castelo (2nd District, Quezon City), who filed a similar measure in the 15th Congress, said the matter should be studied further and the House leadership should be consulted.

“There are factors present before which might not be prevalent now,” Castelo explained.

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