Palace urges Congress to pass bill postponing barangay, SK polls
Malacañang on Thursday urged Congress to immediately pass the bill postponing the 2016 barangay (village) and Sagguniang Kabataan (youth council) elections.
The Senate on Wednesday approved on third and final reading the postponement of the barangay and SK elections to May 2018.
“The Palace welcomes the approval of Senate Bill No 1584, or the Act Postponing the October 2017 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Elections, on its third and final reading,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.
The House of Representatives approved earlier approved on September 11 House Bill 6308, postponing the schedule elections this October.
Abella said Duterte’s stance remains” clear and consistent” that he wanted barangay and SK elections to be postponed.
“We hope for the immediate enactment of the law and call on our citizens to support the measure as the Senate and the House of Representatives go for a bicameral conference to start working and harmonize their versions of the bill,” he said.
Duterte has repeatedly said he wanted to postpone the barangay and SK elections, citing most village officials were into the illegal drugs trade. /je
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