Senate approves deferment of Barangay, SK elections

Senate approves deferment of Barangay, SK elections

By Liza Soriano

MANILA — The Senate has approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to postpone the barangay and sangguniang kabataan (SK) elections from December this year to December 2023 with 17 affirmative votes and two against the postponement.

Senate Bill No. 1306, or An Act Postponing the December 2022 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Elections, seeks to amend Republic Act No. 9164, as amended by Republic Act No. 9340, Republic Act No. 10632, Republic Act No. 10656, Republic Act No. 10923, Republic Act No. 10952, and Republic Act No. 11462.

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Imee R. Marcos.

“The fact that the barangay and sangguniang kabataan elections have been postponed relentlessly through decades merely underlies the unfinished business of deeper issues plaguing both the barangay and sangguniang kabataan systems,” Marcos said in her sponsorship speech.

“Thus, this proposed election postponement is a means to buy us time for a series of measures that the Committee on Electoral Reforms and People’s Participation is proposing to Congress. This is merely a preliminary measure to give us time to study and debate the deeper issues confronting the barangay and SK systems under our present law,” she added.

Section 3 of the bill, the “hold over” provision, states that “until their successors shall have been duly elected and qualified, all incumbent barangay and sangguniang kabataan officials shall remain in office, unless sooner removed or suspended for cause: Provided that the barangay and sangguniang kabataan officials who are ex officio members of the sangguniang bayan, sangguniang panlungsod, or sangguniang panlalawigan, as the case may be, shall continue to serve as such members in the sanggunian concerned until the next barangay and sangguniang kabataan elections.

(ai/mtvn)

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