SPEAKER Pantaleon Alvarez agrees with the proposal to postpone the election of barangay officials, as well as the Sangguniang Kabataan, to give way to the appointment of more government officials.
In a press conference, Alvarez said the new administration is still in the process of appointing new heads of some government agencies, replacing the appointees of former President Benigno Aquino III.
“Considering na marami pang kinakailangang appointments na gagawin ang Executive Branch, hindi pa sila natatapos doon sa screening process. Sa tingin ko naman siguro practical lang na ipagpaliban muna natin ang elections,” Alvarez said.
“Alam naman natin na kapag may elections ay hindi pwedeng mag-appoint at magtanggal ng mga nasa posisyon,” the Speaker added.
Under the existing rule, two months prior to the elections, the President is not allowed to appoint government officials to any agency or department.
According to Alvarez, the Congress has enough time this month until October to approve either a resolution or a law postponing the elections.
The barangay and SK elections are set on October 31 this year.
The House leader is open to approving a joint resolution with the Senate.
The House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms chaired by Cibac Rep. Sherwin Tugna is set to begin hearing several measures calling for the postponement of the barangay elections.
“Currently, the House leadership is setting a date of the initial hearing of the Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms. We assure the Filipino people that the House of Representatives is in constant communication with the Commission on Elections with regard to the proposals on the postponement of the upcoming Barangay and SK Elections,” Tugna said.