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Senate still won’t postpone polls


Senator Nancy Binay-Angeles Saturday reiterated that the synchronized May 2018 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections will push through since no Senator has filed for its postponement.

The House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms will conduct a committee hearing today to take up the bills filed by four congressmen proposing the postponement of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

The bills 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.

Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District) said if no one filed a counterpart bill in the Senate, it means that they must have decided not to pursue the filing of a postponement bill.

So as of now, the elections will push through, he said.

If Congress cannot file a bill before they take a recess on March 21,the elections will already be finished when they return in May 15, Benitez said.

The House Committee on Suffrage will consolidate the postponement bills. But if there is no Senate counterpart and if there is no clear signal from them that they are willing to postpone, their bill will be useless, he said.

Benitez said that by March 21 they have no more session. If there is no law postponing it, the barangay and SK elections will push through, he added.*CGS


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