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Malapitan wants no barangay holdovers in October election

Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan Wednesday said no villlage officials on their third and last term will be allowed to run in the October election. “We will not tolerate any barangay official seeking a fourth term. It may have happened in past administrations, but it is against the law and we should set an example to all our constituents,” he said. He made the announcement  following a call made by the Commission on Elections to help prevent barangay executive after three successive terms from joining the poll on Oct. 28. “I have already instructed the Barangay Secretariat to prepare a master list of barangay officials who are already on their third straight and last term,” Malapitan said. “Once we have the list, we will immediately coordinate with the Department of the Interior and Local Government and Comelec about it so they can also update their respective list of third termers,” he added. The term of office of a barangay official under Republic Act 8524, which amends Section 43 of Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991, states a maximum of three 5-year terms for both barangay chairman and kagawad (councilman). Caloocan City has 188 barangays, 69 in the first district and 119 in the second district.  
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