House ap­proves reschedul­ing of vil­lage, youth polls to 2018

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FOR the sec­ond time, the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives con­ceded to the wish of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte to move the sched­ule of the 2017 Barangay and Sang­gu­ni­ang Ka­bataan elec­tions to next year, with 213 law­mak­ers ap­prov­ing the mea­sure.

Only 10 law­mak­ers re­jected the pro­posal, namely:

1. Anakpawis Partylist Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ariel Casi­lao

2. ACT Teach­ers Partylist Rep­re­sen­ta­tive France Cas­tro

3. Gabriela Partylist Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ar­lene Brosas

4. ACT Teach­ers Partylist Rep­re­sen­ta­tive An­to­nio Tinio

5. Bayan Muna Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Car­los Zarate

6. Ka­bataan Partylist Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Sarah Elago

7. Ak­bayan Partylist Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Tom Vil­larin

8. Mag­dalo Party-list Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Gary Ale­jano

9. Cebu Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Raul Del Mar

10. Siqui­jor Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ra­mon Ro­camora

Orig­i­nally on Oc­to­ber 23 this year, the bill ef­fec­tively post­poned the vil­lage and youth polls to the sec­ond Mon­day of May 2018.

Cur­rent of­fi­cials will re­main in of­fice in a hold-over ca­pac­ity, as the House re­jected the pro­posal of Duterte to ap­point the vil­lage and youth chiefs.

The Pres­i­dent said the post­pone­ment of the barangay election will pre­vent drug per­son­al­i­ties from be­ing elected in barangay posts, claim­ing that “40 per­cent” of in­cum­bent of­fi­cials are in­volved in the drug trade.

But for Ale­jano, the source of Duterte's data to jus­tify his pro­posal was sus­pi­cious and lack­ing in em­pir­i­cal ba­sis.

“Hindi po mali­wag kung saan hin­u­got ang 40% na ito dahil wala na­mang ahen­sya ang nag­bi­gay ng nasabing datos,” Ale­jano said.

An­other law­maker who op­posed the mea­sure, Cas­tro, ques­tioned the re­sponse of Duterte over his sup­posed “data.”

“Ang id­i­nadahi­lan ng ehe

kutibo ay more than 40% daw ng mga barangay ay may im­pluwen­siya ng drugs o ng ko­rap­syon. The more nga na da­pat mag eleksyon at ma­pal­i­tan sila. At kung may ebiden­siya na­man na maipa­pakita ang ehekutibo sa mga akusasyon, da­pat gu­mu­long ang hus­tisiya at due process,” she said.

Mean­while, House suf­frage and elec­toral re­forms com­mit­tee chair­man Sher­win Tugna said the post­pone­ment will help the ad­min­is­tra­tion keep its mo­men­tum on its drug war.

“I am glad that the bill has passed 3rd read­ing in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. It will bring the na­tion closer to its goal of post­pon­ing the barangay elec­tions so that the cur­rent barangay of­fi­cials will not be ham­pered in the cam­paign against il­le­gal drugs,” Tugna said.

How­ever, the Se­nate has yet to con­cretize its mea­sure post­pon­ing the elec­tions. The up­per cham­ber has ear­lier pro­posed that the election be held in Oc­to­ber 2018.

Tugna said the con­flict­ing pro­posal of the two houses must be ironed out soon to pre­vent fur­ther “trou­ble” for those who plan to file their cer­tifi­cate of can­di­dacy.

“Also, I be­lieve that the Se­nate is also on its way in pass­ing the coun­ter­part barangay post­pone­ment bill. That way, as­pi­rants to be barangay cap­tains, ka­gawads and SK of­fi­cials will not be trou­bled by fil­ing a cer­tifi­cate of can­di­dacy come Septem­ber 23, 2017 as the elec­tions will be post­poned,” he said.

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