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Poll postponement hearing set
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

 

The House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms will conduct a committee hearing on Monday to take up the bills proposing the postponement of the synchronized May 2018 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya yesterday said.

The bills seeking the postponement of the barangay and SK elections were filed by Rep. Edgar Mary Sarmiento (Samar, 1st District) - HB 7217, Rep. Reynaldo Umali (Oriental Mindoro) - HB 7167, Rep. Jose Panganiban Jr. (ANAC-IP Partylist) - HB 7128, and Rep. Johnny Pimentel (Surigao del Sur ) - HB 7072.

Gasataya said the bill filed by Pimentel seeks to postpone theelections to October and that of Umali seeks to move it to May 2019.

This is the first time the bills will be openly discussed. By then they will be able to know the sentiments of the congressmen, he said.

So far, there are no bills filed in the Senate for the postponement of the barangay and SK elections, Gasataya said. “But we have to consider that before the break. We are left with six session days,” he said.

Asked for his personal opinion, Gasataya said it would be premature to speculate if the elections should be pursued or not. It would be better to know what are the bases or objectives of such bills.

He said he believes the elections will push through, until and unless something happens in the next two weeks, or unless the Senate comes up with its own version of the bill.

If Congress approves any of the bills seeking the postponement of the barangay and SK elections, which was originally scheduled on October 2016, it would be the third time for the elections to be moved.

Gasataya said Rep. Sherwin Tugna ( Citizens' Battle Against Corruption party-list) , is chairman of the House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms.*CGS

 

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