Friday, March 23, 2018

PPCRV opposes Umali proposal to postpone barangay, SK polls again

Feb 19, 2018 @ 20:33

A Church-based election watchdog opposed the proposal to postpone anew the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls set on May 14.

“Postponement of elections done with frequency may become a habit and will not be good for the Philippines and democracy,” said Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) chairperson and former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rene Sarmiento.

“Periodic election is a must to give the electorate an opportunity to retain performing elective public officials and repudiate the non-performers,” he explained.

“Grassroots democracy through barangay elections is a must for local good governance and there is no substitute. Heaven forbid that postponement of elections becomes a habit and a habit, our destiny,” the PPCRV official said.

Last week, Rep. Reynaldo Umali (2nd District, Oriental Mindoro) filed House of Representatives Bill 7167 which sought the postponement of the forthcoming polls to 2019.

The lawmaker noted that holding the village and youth polls this year would be costly for the government as it will be spending some P8 billion.

Once approved, it would be the third time that the polls have been suspended. The election was originally set in October 2016 but was moved to October 2017 and again to May this year.

It was in October 2013 when the last barangay elections were conducted while the recent SK elections were held in October 2010. (PNA)

Politiko would love to hear your views on this...
Recommended Articles

Recommended on other sites

The comments posted on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

Trending News

Politiko Poll

Quick Links
Connect With Us
Want Politiko alerts on your inbox? Subscribe here.