Barangay elections: Politicians keep off! PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 October 2010 14:03

At the start of the brief campaign period for this year’s Barangay cum Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, traditional politicians especially, are called to keep off the sortie trail till polling day on October 25.

The Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections are deemed non-partisan political exercise as provided for in the Omnibus Election Code of l985.

The Code’s Section 38 of Article VI had decreed it so: a candidate should not be representing any political party or civic, professional and religious groups.

But sad to tell, a lot of traditional politicians (trapos) and barangay cum SK poll bets have been conniving to achieve victories in the election of the basic unit of the local governance.

Some higher officials in the local government unit even unabashedly claim some barangay captains and kagawads (councilmen) as theirs.

On the other hand, there are also barangay and SK aspirants who will indiscreetly announce to the world they belong to these trapo leaders and their political parties.

Both winners and losers remain loyal to their political identification with the now notorious tag trapos for survival toward next elections.

Along the path of politics from the barangays to the corridors of power in the Palace by the Pasig River in the national hub of the country are political viruses.

Remember some sayings that sprouted in post war era: “What’s wrong in providing our future?”, “What are we in power for?” “Nobody has gotten fed up of money yet” and “Young yet so corrupt”.

Concerned citizens have been worried about the honeymoon of trapos and future baranganic leaders, especially the fragile SK officers-to-be to be corrupted in their tender ages from l8 to 23 by the old political system involving division of spoils and savoring fats of pork barrels labelled in non-vulgar terms like countryside development fund.

And this decadence is unfolding before the eyes of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the Ombudsman and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

And of course, Malacanang Palace and Congress not exempted.

But someone, a courageous and nationalistic soul, has to pick up the first stone to kill the anomalous setup among barangay officials vis-à-vis the essence and intention of the Code’s Section 38.

For lawyer Erwin Enad, legal officer of the DILG Region XI office based in Davao City metropolis, any aggrieved party on the issue can lodge their complaints before any fora such as the Comelec, the Office of the Ombudsman and their office.

The election Code known in Filipino as Batas Pambansa Bilang 881 was approved on December 3, l985 however has undergone a series of amendments to the present.

Thus, politicians and their ward leaders to keep off during the campaign until election day on October 25, this year!

With that length of time, we can surmise some, if not all of the trapos in Philippine politics are about to abhor meddling and muddling barangay and SK elections henceforth as a good contribution to the elusive political reform the Aquino III administration is also trying to achieve.

By SATUR P. APOYON