By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Two days before the start of the campaign period, Malacañang has declared May 14 as a special non-working holiday to give way to the upcoming Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections across the country.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, by authority of President Duterte, signed Proclamation No. 479 Wednesday, declaring the holiday in order for the people to be able to exercise their right to vote.
“Monday, 14 May 2018 should be declared a special (non-working) day to enable the people to fully exercise their right of suffrage,” the Proclamation read.
The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) earlier asked President Duterte to declare May 14 a holiday through Resolution No. 10301.
Last year, President Duterte signed Repubic Act No. 10952 which postponed the synchronized Barangay and SK polls on October 23, 2017, and rescheduled it to May 14, 2018. Since assuming the presidency, the local polls have been postponed twice.
Duterte earlier explained that he decided to postpone the polls, saying it might negate the effect of his ongoing war against illegal drugs. He claimed that drug money might fund the campaign of some candidates.
Malacañang in March this year assured that the the long overdue Barangay and SK polls will finally push through, especially after Senate President Koko Pimentel’s statement that no one in the Senate is supporting any move to postpone the polls.