'Bongbong' poised to hold public hearing on barangay elections

August 13, 2010 11:39 am 

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, Aug. 12 –- Neophyte senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said on Thursday that his Senate committee on local government would still conduct public hearing despite Malacanang's decision to proceed with the holding of the barangay elections on October 25 this year.

Marcos said bills have already been filed not only in the House of Representatives but in the Senate, calling for the postponement of the barangay elections.

”So whatever the opinions are of the different agencies or departments of government, we as senators (will) continue the process of deliberating those measures. It will be interesting to see what's the consensus,” the young senator said in an ambush media interview.

Based on his initial consultation with the local governments units, Marcos said the general consensus is for the postponement.

”We need to listen to them for the reason why they want to postpone, if these reasons are valid, if they are urgent and if they are appropriate to as reason to postpone the barangay elections,” Marcos said.

Marcos said he has already set next week a committee hearing where he invited LGUs, Department of Interior and Local Government, the Commission on Elections and the Department of Budget and Management.

Marcos, meanwhile, favored the call to abolish the Sangguniang Kabataan but clarified that it should be replaced with “a better form of youth representation.”

”In my view, it (youth representation) is absolutely essential for they help government’s work and it is imperative that youth representation in the barangay and municipal level,” Marcos, who served as governor and congressman of Ilocos, said.

Marcos said the abolition of the SK and possible creation of a better form of youth representation will also be tackled during the committee hearing next week.

Senator Ralph Recto favored the holding of the barangay elections since “there is already money for this purpose.”

Recto said President Benigno Simeon Aquino III can veto a law that Congress will pass to postpone the holding of barangay elections. (PNA) V3/jfm

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