The measure seeking to postpone the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections has hurdled second reading at the Senate on Wednesday, September 21.
Senate Bill No. 1306 seeks to postpone the barangay and SK elections, slated on December 5, 2022, and move it to December 2023.
It was Senator Imee Marcos who sponsored the measure as chair of the Senate committee on electoral reforms and people’s participation.
The Senate Minority Leader Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III and fellow minority member Sen. Risa Hontiveros, expressed their opposition to the postponement.
Hontiveros, in a privilege speech, manifested that “the postponement — which is not the first — is a setback to democracy and a disincentive to participation.”
“Mr. President and Madam Chair I echo our young leaders in the barangays that elections are essential in strengthening our democracy, especially at the grassroots,” she said.
“By holding elections, our young leaders asserted, which I also agreed with in principle, we guarantee the right to vote, create opportunities to hold barangay leaders accountable, and incentivize leaders’ performance for good barangay governance. That’s for the record,” Hontiveros stressed.