Abella: Gov’t always ready for polls sans Congress decision

By: - Reporter / @JhoannaBINQ
/ 02:32 PM September 09, 2017
Undersecretary Ernesto Abella

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella (Malacañang file photo by ROBINSON NIÑAL JR.)

The government will always prepare for the barangay elections whether Congress decides to postpone it or not, a Palace spokesperson said Saturday.

“While we adhere to the President’s position of postponement of barangay and SK elections, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), like the Commission on Elections (Comelec), has always been prepared if in case the barangay elections will push through,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.


The House of Representatives on Thursday approved on second reading the postponement of the October 23, 2017 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections and rescheduling it to May 2018.

READ: Bill postponing barangay polls gets 2nd reading approval


Congress last year approved a similar bill postponing the 2016 barangay and SK elections to October 23 this year, with the officials retaining a hold-over position.

The House all-party caucus agreed to defer it again to May 2018 to synchronize the barangay elections with the plebiscite for Charter change and the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, which are the Duterte administration’s two key legislations.

The lawmakers who expressed support in the proposal echoed President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to defer the polls to weed out various villages of barangay officials involved in illegal drugs. JPV

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: barangay elections, Comelec, Congress, DILG, Ernesto Abella, SK polls
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2020 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.