Appointment by Rody of barangay officials lawful – Bataoil
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – The appointment of new sets of barangay chairmen and council members by President Rodrigo Duterte will be lawful because it will be backed up by a law crafted by Congress, according to a solon.
DRUGS BOOKS. Pangasinan 2nd District’s Congressman Leopoldo N. Bataoil and former Regional Trial Court’s Judge Victor Llamas (not in photo) promote ove a radio station in Dagupan City the books “Drugs, Law, DU30, and You” and “How to Catch a Liar” that Llamas authored as his contributions to the present administration’s war against illegal drugs.
This was the reaction of Congressman Leopoldo Bataoil when asked if the appointment by the President of the barangay officials would violate the right of suffrage of the Filipinos.
He said the House will resume session on May 2 and will discuss ways on how to amend the law that will empower the President to postpone the election of village chiefs and council members.
“Yes, in case we argue (for the amendment) it will go through the process (of legislation),”he said.
In October last year, President Duterte signed a law that moved the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections from October 31, 2016 to October 23, 2017. Under the law, incumbent barangay and SK officials will continue to serve for a year unless they are removed or suspended from office.
Department of Interior & Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno said recently that President Duterte did not only want the barangay elections postponed to October 23 this year he also wanted to end the term of all barangay officials and replace them with his appointees.
The reason of the President for postponing the polls and handpicking village officials was to avoid narcotics monies to influence the election.
“The reason the President wants the barangay elections postponed is that he does not want those financed by drug lords to win,” said Sueno.
When asked if the plan of President Duterte to appoint new village officials instead of holding an election was unconstitutional as claimed by Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, Bataoil said that it could be above board because Congress would craft a law for Duterte to appoint those officials.
“If it is not provided for by amendment that have been passed by Congress and Senate then it’s not sanctioned, it’s not authorized,” he said.
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