Senate bill for 2016 Sanggunian Kabataan polls a go
The Senate on Tuesday approved on second reading a measure of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos to reset this year’s Sangguniang Kabataan elections which the poll body said lacked funding.
Senate Bill 1186, entitled, “An Act to Postpone the Sangguniang Kabataan Elections on October 28, 2013, Amending for the Purpose Section 1 of Republic Act 9340, and for Other Purposes,” was approved with one amendment.
Marcos, chairman of the Senate local government committee and sponsor of the bill, amended line 3, section 3, by inserting after the word “necessary” the phrase “to implement this act” and deleting the phrase “to implement this act” on line 4.
Section 3 now reads: “The Commission on Elections and the Department of the Interior and Local Government shall promulgate rules and regulations necessary to implement this Act within thirty (30) days after its effectivity.”
Last September 4, Marcos sponsored on the Senate floor Committee Report 1, the first committee report in the current 16th Congress, urging immediate approval of Senate Bill 1186.
In pushing for a new poll date, he cited increasing disappointment over youth leaders becoming politicized and susceptible to malpractice.dishonest practices “As a result, there are strong clamor from different sectors of the society calling for the restructuring and in-depth evaluation of the SK, and institute reforms,” he said.
Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes on Tuesday said the SK and Barangay elections would require spending P2.3 billion.
“We have no budget for that. It would be logical (to conduct SK) in October 2016,” he said, adding that he asked Malacañang to certify as urgent Marcvo’s Senate Bill 1186.
“The consensus is to postpone it. There is no achievements and performance, it’s just a waste of money and becoming a breeding ground for graft and corruption,” said Brillantes. “If the barangay functioned without SK, we will try to work for its abolition.”
Voting 11-1, the House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms passed Tuesday the measure resetting the SK elections to the last Monday of October 2016. With Joel Zurbano
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