House to start hearings on barangay, SK polls postponement next week
August 12, 2010 7:38 am
By Lilybeth G. Ison
MANILA, Aug. 11 — The committee on suffrage and electoral reforms in the House of Representatives is set to start next week hearings on proposals to postpone the barangay and Sanggunian Kabataan (SK) elections.
House committee chair and Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga on Wednesday said the hearing, which is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. on August 18, will have resource persons from the Commission on Elections (Comelec), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), representatives from various political parties and Liga ng mga Barangay.
"We are scheduling an early committee hearing, even if the other committees have yet to be organized because of the urgency of the matter," he said.
President Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III earlier said he wants the barangay and SK elections to push through in October.
"The preference of the President is for the barangay elections to go through in October. The reason behind this is we'd like to synchronize the elections in 2013," said Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda.
The Cavite solon said President Aquino’s statement "carries a great weight, especially if we have to consider that majority in the House is supportive of the President’s agenda."
"But it doesn’t necessarily mean that that is the stand of the House, that’s why we have to invite resource persons in these public hearings," he noted.
Several bills are already pending in the Lower Chamber calling for the postponement of the barangay and SK elections, saying the government may not have enough funds to conduct such. (PNA)