Duterte to announce decision on barangay polls– Bataoil

July 21, 2017 at 7:20 am Leave a comment

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

LINGAYEN –  Will there be a barangay election on October?

Pangasinan second district Representative Leopoldo Bataoil said Filipinos should wait for the pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte during the State of the Nation Address on July 24, on whether the elections will push through or not.

“Whatever is the stand of the chief executive, whether the elections will push through or will be postponed, will be the (cause of action),” Bataoil said.

When asked for a law to empower the President to postpone the election on October and if the Congress can expedite the passage of the bill to back up the extension, the solon said  Congress can fast tract it.

 But he said he was not aware if the Senate can do it.

Bataoil said those who serve the people should continue what they are doing.

Last month, Bataoil exhorted village officials to prepare since there are no debates on bills that will empower President Rodrigo Duterte to postpone the poll.

Barangay election in the Philippines, according to law, provides that each village includes a chief called Punong Barangay, the seven members of the Council called each as Kagawad, and the Sangguniang Kabataan Chairman who are candidates submit themselves for a fifteen days campaign period.

In March this year, Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Robert Ace Barbers filed the first bill that would postpone the village polls originally set for October 23, 2017.

 In House Bill (HB) Number 5359 filed last March 22, Barbers proposed moving this year’s barangay election to May 25, 2020.

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