Lawmaker open to moving barangay, SK polls to May 2023

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MANILA, Philippines — Senator JV Ejercito is open to postponing the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections but only for six months or until May next year.

The barangay and SK polls are slated on December 5, 2022.

“Personally, if we are to postpone it, probably hold it May. It’s already too long because the last election for barangay and SK was 2018,” he said on ANC Headstart on Thursday.

“Ako (I), if ever, I’m open probably six months only. I think one year is too long,” he added.

Ejercito pointed out that factors have to be considered to come up with an advisable decision on the matter.

“We will have to weigh things. Probably, we’ll have a hearing on this, whichever is more advisable, if we postpone or we push through,” he said.

Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Francis Escudero have already filed measures pushing for the polls’ deferral to December 2023 and May 2024, respectively.

Escudero and Estrada argued that the budget for the elections should be used to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.