PRRD re­spects de­ci­sion to de­lay SK polls

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MANILA - Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte was amenable to pro­posal for an­other sus­pen­sion of vil­lage and youth coun­cil elec­tions, if Congress sees the need for such de­fer­ment, Mala­cañang said Tues­day, March 13.

"The Pres­i­dent said he de­fers to the wis­dom of Congress in this re­gard. He has ex­pressed a pref­er­ence that it should pro­ceed. But if Congress so de­cides, then he will re­spect the de­ci­sion to post­pone it anew," Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Harry Roque Jr. told Palace re­porters.

"Now, I un­der­stand the de­vel­op­ments are in the House and I'm not sure if there is any de­vel­op­ment

at all in the Se­nate," he added.

The House com­mit­tee on suf­frage and elec­toral re­forms voted 15-2 on Mon­day, March 12, to fur­ther post­pone the vil­lage and youth coun­cil elec­tions.

The panel also voted 17-0 to move the twin polls from the sec­ond Mon­day of May, or May 14, to the sec­ond Mon­day of Oc­to­ber, or Oc­to­ber 8, 2018.

It would be the third time the vil­lage and youth coun­cil elec­tions will be post­poned, should Congress push for it and Duterte sign a new law.

The lo­cal elec­tions were ini­tially sched­uled on Oc­to­ber 31, 2016 but Duterte signed Re­pub­lic Act (RA) 10923, mov­ing it to Oc­to­ber 23, 2017, for fear that vil­lage ex­ec­u­tives con­nected with drug syn­di­cates will win.

Less than a month be­fore the 2017 lo­cal elec­tions, the Pres­i­dent once again signed RA 10952, re-sched­ul­ing it to the sec­ond Mon­day of May 2018.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Rey­naldo Umali, who filed a bill seek­ing to move the elec­tion date again, said this would al­low Congress to fo­cus on re­vis­ing the 1987 Con­sti­tu­tion. The Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion is push­ing for a shift to a fed­eral state of gov­ern­ment.

On March 1, Duterte de­nied any hand in the pos­si­ble post­pone­ment of elec­tions, but threat­ened to kill as­pir­ing vil­lage ex­ec­u­tives who are proven to be in­volved in nar­cotics trade if they win an­other term. Ruth Abbey Gita/SunS­tar Philip­pines to be marginal­ized on ac­count of im­pov­er­ish­ment ow­ing to var­i­ous rea­sons, Be­len Laud's long en­gage­ment to co­op­er­a­tives is a tes­ta­ment of a move­ment that helps us see the value of sav­ings, al­low­ing the poor on our midst to rise above their hu­man degra­da­tion," he said.

He also said that Al­lan David's set­ting up of col­lege course for those in prison is also laud­able be­cause it de­bunks the myth that sen­tenced crim­i­nals no longer have the chance in re­build­ing their lives.

He said there are also wounds, suf­fered by Mother Na­ture now reel­ing to the im­pact of hu­man­ity's dis­re­gard to the sa­cred­ness and in­tegrity of cre­ation.KVC (For full story visit www.suns­ davao/)

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