Senate: Third postponement of Brgy, SK elections is as good as dead in Congress

Published March 19, 2018, 7:34 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Vanne Elaine Terrazola

The Senate has decided: the proposed postponement of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) election is as good as dead in Congress.
Registrants line up at the Commission on Elections office in Cebu City to sign up for the Sangguniang Kabataan and Barangay elections next May. Yesterday was the last day for registration. (Juan Carlo de Vela)
(Juan Carlo de Vela)


Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III reiterated that the third postponement of the barangay and SK elections “has no chance” in the Upper Chamber, despite the House of Representative’s decision deferring the polls from May 14, this year, to October.
“Postponement of barangay elections has no chance anymore in the Senate,” the Senate chief told reporters in a text message Monday night.
The Lower Chamber voted to approve a measures to postpone the local for the third time, under the Duterte administration, after considering the supposed plebescite for the proposed Charter change they planned for October.
The Senate, however, is not inclined to pass a similar measure especially that no one from its members filed a counterpart bill.
In an earlier interview, Pimentel, who said he conducted an “informal survey” among his colleagues, said “zero” senators have expressed support for the proposal, in addition to lack of time before Congress takes its break for the Holy Week.
Pimentel, on the other hand, said the Senate has still not closed its doors on the measure seeking the dissolution of marriage, which the House also appproved on final reading.
“Dissolution of marriage is a new concept hence give us time to study it,” he said.