The Sangguniang Kabataan and Barangay elections will go on as scheduled, after all.
This, after Congress has acceded to President Benigno S. Aquino’s request to pursue the conduct of the said polls in October this year.
President Aquino announced the development in a news briefing with Malacanang reporters Wednesday.
The confirmation came after the House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms on Wednesday had dismissed and ‘archived’ all bills and resolutions of the minority bloc to suspend the Barangay and SK polls.
“I appealed to members of the ruling coalition in both chambers to support us in our drive to continue with what has already been scheduled by the pertinent law and that is the conduct of Barangay and SK elections by October of this year. And that was again a primary appeal that they have acceded to,” the President said.
During his meeting with members of Congress, the President explained that ‘a renewal of mandate’ and the conduct of Barangay and SK elections this coming October is necessary in governance as being ‘the primary instrumentality in carrying out any and all programs of the state.’
He stressed that “without the renewed mandate the support of the populace essential in attaining success of this objectives will be severely put to the test.” (PCOO/ PIA)