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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, February 27, 2018
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‘Brgy polls will not be postponed’


The barangay elections will push through, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said yesterday.

In a press statement, Roque also warned the public that the Palace did not give any permission to any individuals or groups to nominate or receive applications from people who would want to become barangay officials.

On claims that the barangay elections will be postponed, Roque said it will push through, citing Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III.

Pimentel said in a forum that there is no consensus in the Senate to defer the barangay elections.

“Last Friday, I was in one forum together with Senate President Pimentel and he declared in an audience of about 4,000 members of the Ligang Barangay of Leyte that the barangay elections will push through,” Roque said.

Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) yesterday said while two bills have been filed in the Lower House for the postponement of the barangay polls to enable it to be held along with a plebiscite on a new Constitution, the Senate appears to be reluctant, he said.

Annabelle Bermudo, head of the Association of Barangay Captains Federation in Negros Occidental, and Valentino Miguel Alonso, head of the Philippine Councilors League Negros Occidental chapter, also said their leagues have not been officially consulted or informed that the barangay and SK polls could be postponed.*CPG


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