Senate shelves call for postponement of barangay, SK elections

September 7, 2010 4:32 am 

MANILA, Sept. 6 – Following the House of Representatives' move to push through with the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections will as scheduled on October 25, the Senate has decided to shelve two measures seeking the postponement of the elections.

Upon recommendation of Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the Senate archived on Monday Senate Bill 60 authored by Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri and Senate Bill 2377 authored by Marcos.

Marcos made the decision after learning that the House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms agreed with President Benigno Aquino to vote down any bill that would postpone the elections.

”This has rendered all legislative actions on this proposal moot,” Marcos, chair of the Senate committee on local government, said in his report to the floor during Monday’s session.

The Senate committee on local government conducted public consultations and hearings regarding the two Senate bills last August 16 and 23 attended by various local leaders and officials of the Commission on Elections.

”The committee on local government wanted to have the committee report drafted the soonest time possible in view of the urgency of the matter. However, events have superseded us and this option is no longer available to us,” Marcos said.

Marcos said included in the records to be archived is a copy of recommendation to President Aquino to postpone the barangay and SK elections from October 25 to October next year.

The government has allotted more P3.4 billion for the holding of the elections in the country’s more than 42,000 barangay units. (PNA)

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