Comelec sa suspensyon ng Halalan 2022: ‘It is not going to happen’

Comelec sa suspensyon ng Halalan 2022: ‘It is not going to happen’

January 4, 2022 @ 5:20 PM 7 months ago


MANILA, Philippines- Inulit ng Commission on Elections (Comelec) nitong Martes na malabo ang pagkaantala ng Halalan 2022 kahit na sa gitna ng pandemya.

Pinanindigan ito ni Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez matapos umapela ng Coalition for Life and Democracy na aksyunan ng poll body ang inihaing petisyon nito noong Disyembre 10, 2021, na ilipat ang eleksyon sa Mayo 9, 2025 dahil sa coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic at hindi pa nareresolbang petisyon sa Comelec.

“Of course, that [postponement of May polls] is what they want to happen. In fact, we have been warning about this from the beginning, that they will come up with all the excuses to postpone the elections. It is not going to happen,” ani Jimenez sa isang news briefing.

“It [May 2022 polls postponement] is not something that should be considered. Postponing the 2022 elections is going against the Constitution. How can you go against the Constitution? The Comelec sees no reason to postpone the elections,” patuloy niya.

Tinutukoy ni Jimenez ang constitutional provisions kung saan nakasaad na “unless otherwise provided by law, the regular election for president, vice president should be held on the second Monday of May every six years [Article VII, Section 4] and the second Monday of May every three years for senators and  members of the House of Representatives [Article VI, Section 8].”

Dahil sa constitutional provisions na ito, iginiit ni Jimenez stressed na hindi maaaring kanselahin ang eleksyon sa Mayo 2022 kagaya ng barangay elections.

“[The date of] barangay elections is set by law enacted by Congress. The national elections is not enacted by some law. It is in the Constitution. Those who are saying that [national elections can be postponed like barangay elections], they have no idea what they are talking about,” paliwanag ni Jimenez.

“Tuloy ang halalan, hindi tayo made-delay,” giit ni Jimenez. RNT/SA