Congress mulls synchronizing barangay, BBL polls Print
Wednesday, 09 August 2017 15:22

A Congressional House Committee is mulling a proposal to synchronize the barangay elections with the plebiscite for the proposed law on the Bangsamoro.

This, after members of Congress decided on postponing the barangay elections and putting incumbent barangay officials on a hold over capacity during a caucus last Monday.

The lawmakers present reportedly decided on postponing the barangay elections to May 2018 taking into consideration the plebiscite for the Bangsamoro.

“Aside from the postponement and hold over of officials, there will be a chance to achieve peace in Mindanao.  It will save government funds,” said Congressman Sherwin Tugna, House Committee on Suffrage Chairman.

Tugna said that he expects the Senate to hold a caucus in the coming weeks to discuss their own take on the matter.  He also expects the two chambers to meet eventually.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier signed a law postponing the barangay elections from October 2016 to October 2017.  The President has long called for the postponement of the polls, citing the supposed threat of drug money influencing the elections.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) meanwhile issued statements urging Congress to decide soon if the elections should be postponed to avoid wasting efforts in preparing for the October 2016 polls.  (Dexter Yap)