By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
The bill postponing the May 2020 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections has hurdled the Senate on Monday.
Senate Bill 1043 is the first bill passed in the Upper Chamber under the 18th Congress, garnering 21 affirmative votes and no negative votes nor abstention from senators.
The measure, sponsored by Senate committee on electoral reforms chair Senator Imee Marcos, proposes to move the village and youth council polls from May 2020, to December 5, 2022.
The next barangay and SK elections shall be held on the first Monday of December 2025 and every three years thereafter.
Under the Senate-approved version, the elected barangay and SK officials shall assume office at noon of January 1, 2023.
Senators earlier differed in their respective proposals about the rescheduled date of the village polls.
President Duterte, in his State of the Nation Address last July, said he wanted the elections to be moved to October 2022.
If signed into law, the barangay election will be suspended for the third time under the Duterte administration.