Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto urged Congress not to push through with plans to defer
once more the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections to yet another date to coincide with a
planned plebiscite for a new Constitution.
“Let us not make the already twice-postponed October 2016 barangay elections the most
aborted in history,” Recto said.
Recto said that it’s all systems go for the May barangay elections.
“As it stands now, the Comelec is ready, the communities are ready, the candidates are
ready, the country is ready, for the scheduled May 14 elections. Only some congressmen are not,” he
said, adding: “It is too late to pull the plug at this stage -- when it’s all systems go for the
Comelec, there are no security threats which warrant a cancellation, taxpayers’ money has been
spent, and after both houses of Congress had made two solemn pledges in the past that the
postponement law they had passed will be the last.”
Recto said the power to hold office is founded on the principle that rulers must have the
explicit mandate from the people, and when it expires, that mandate must be renewed by the people
through an election.
Recto further said that postponing the election is tantamount to a term extension granted
by a vote of Congress and not of the people.
“If we reset again the elections this May, it is a strike three against grassroots
democracy,” he said.