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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, January 5, 2018
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‘No polls dangerous'

No elections in 2019 is dangerous, former Negros Occidental Gov. Rafael Coscolluela said yesterday.

“No-El will subvert the people's will, circumvent the democratic process and pave the way for unimpeded authoritarian rule, he said.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Wednesday floated an idea of no-election scenario in 2019 under the proposed charter change shifting the system of government from unitary to federal.

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said he did not want to comment on the matter as it was all speculation.

The governor, however, said he supports the move towards a federal form of government.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar assured yesterday that the midterm elections will push through as scheduled in 2019.

“The 2019 elections will push through. It is stated in the law,” Andanar said.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said “Unless and until the Constitution is amended and ratified by the people, election will push through in 2019 and what the President promises is that if the election will push through, we will have a credible and honest elections.”

Roque reiterated that President Rodrigo Duterte would not seek a term extension, saying the President has even expressed readiness to cut short his six-year term if federalism will take place before 2022.*CPG/PNA



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