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House okays bgy, SK polls new sked

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THE House of Representatives yesterday approved on third and final reading a measure that seeks to
postpone anew the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. 

There is no counterpart measure in the Senate. 

The House of Representatives voted 164-27 to move local elections from May 14, 2018 to
October 8, 2018.
     
Congress has only two session days left before the 8-week summer break that will begin
March 23 and end on May 13.
     
House Bill 7378 seeks to postpone the May 14 synchronized barangay and Sangguniang
Kabataan (SK) elections in order for the polls to coincide with the plebiscite for the Charter
change.
     
The barangay and SK elections have been postponed twice, from October 2016 to October 2017
and then to May 2018.
     
The bill also provides that subsequent synchronized barangay and SK polls shall be held
every three years thereafter.
     
It also provides that the term of office of the barangay and SK officials elected under
the proposed Act shall commence at noon of November 30  following their election. Meanwhile, the
term of office of barangay and SK officials elected in the October 2021 elections and subsequently
thereafter, shall start at noon of November 30 following their election.
 
Until their successors shall have been duly elected and qualified, all incumbent barangay
officials shall remain in office, unless sooner removed or suspended for cause.
    
Barangay 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 members in
the Sanggunian concerned until the next barangay election.
 
The Liga ng mga Barangay at the municipal, city, and provincial levels shall, not later
than December 31, 2018, conduct elections for ex-officio positions in the Sanggunian under the
supervision of the Department of Interior and Local Government.
    
According to Cibac Rep. Sherwin Tugna, chairman of the House Committee on Suffrage and
Electoral Reforms, the authors are proposing the postponement  in anticipation of a referendum or
plebiscite over the impending debate on amending or revising the 1987 Constitution from unitary to
a federal form of government.