Pag-usog sa BSKE oks na rin sa Senado

Pag-usog sa BSKE oks na rin sa Senado

September 28, 2022 @ 6:57 AM 2 months ago


MANILA, Philippines – Inaprubahan ng Senado sa ikatlo at huling pagbasa ang pagpapaliban ng halalan sa barangay at Sangguniang Kabataan mula sa Disyembre 2022 tungo sa Disyembre 2023 na may botong 17 pabor at 2 lamang ang sumalungat.

Si Sen. Imee Marcos ang isponsor ng panukala habang sina Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel III at Senator Risa Hontiveros ang tanging sumalungat dito.

Layunin ng Senate Bill No. 1306, o An Act Postponing the December 2022 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Elections, na amyendahan ang Republic Act No. 9164.

“The fact that the barangay and sangguniang kabataan elections have been postponed relentlessly through decades merely underlies the unfinished business of deeper issues plaguing both the barangay and sangguniang kabataan systems,” ayon kay Marcos sa kanyang sponsorship speech.

“Thus, this proposed election postponement is a means to buy us time for a series of measures that the Committee on Electoral Reforms and People’s Participation is proposing to Congress. This is merely a preliminary measure to give us time to study and debate the deeper issues confronting the barangay and SK systems under our present law,” dagdag niya.

Nakatakda naman sa Section 3 ng panukala na nagsasabing,: “The “hold over” provision, states that until their successors shall have been duly elected and qualified, all incumbent barangay and sangguniang kabataan officials shall remain in office, unless sooner removed or suspended for cause: Provided that the barangay and sangguniang kabataan officials who are ex officio members of the sangguniang bayan, sangguniang panlungsod, or sangguniang panlalawigan, as the case may be, shall continue to serve as such members in the sanggunian concerned until the next barangay and sangguniang kabataan elections.”

“The amount necessary for the implementation of this Act shall be taken from the appropriations of the Commission on Elections under the General Appropriations Act and/or supplementary appropriations thereafter: Provided, that the additional budget for the barangay and sangguniang kabataan elections to be held on the second Monday of December 2023 shall not exceed 15 percent of the budget allocation for the postponed December 5, 2022 barangay and sangguniang kabataan elections,” giit ng panukala.

Inatasan naman ng panukala ang Commission on Audit (COA) na magsumite sa Kongreso ng audit report sa badyet na ginamit para sa pagpapaliban ng naturang halalan sa loob ng 90 araw kapag naisabatas ang panukala.

“A word of caution too, regarding the budget COMELEC has requested for the postponement. Out of the P8.441 billion allotted for the December 2022 Barangay and sangguniang kabataan elections, there should be a balance by month’s end of roughly P7.583 billion. COMELEC claims, however, that they have somehow obligated or disbursed far more. And then they are requesting that should the elections be postponed to December 2023, the amount of PI8.441 billion should be provided in the 2023 budget. That is over 218 percent more than their budget this year. An amount which I think is unmerited,” paliwanag ni Marcos.

Tatlong taon ang nakalipas, si Marcos din ang nag-isponsor noong 18th Congress na ipagpaliban ang halalan sa barangay at SK mula sa ikalawang Lunes ng Mayo 2022 tungo sa Disyembre 5, 2022. Ernie Reyes