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Comelec sees postponement of SK Polls, slows preparations

Manila, Philippines — With both chambers of Congress rushing bills postponing the Sangguniang Kabataan  (SK) polls scheduled for October 28, the Commission on Elections is slowing down preparations for youth elections.

In an interview, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said he is 99.999 percent sure that the SK polls will be postponed.

“Wala akong nakikitang (I don’t see) objections” to the bills to postpone the polls in the Senate and in the House, he said.

On Tuesday, the Senate approved on second reading a bill seeking to postpone the SK polls scheduled next month.

On the same day, the House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms approved a similar measure.

Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr. and House Majority Leader and Mandaluyong City Rep. Neptali “Boyet” Gonzales II yesterday said they will prioritize the passage of the measure.

“I think the House will pass it,” Belmonte said, adding that the House leadership is eagerly awaiting the committee report to endorse it for plenary discussion.

“We will find time to pass the proposal, pag may free time sa plenary and even during budget hearing,” Gonzales said.

The majority leader, a close ally of the President, expressed hope that President Benigno S. Aquino III would certify as urgent the postponement bill, saying this would move the passage of the measure forward.

“We just hope there’s certification to expedite its passage,” he said.

Capiz Representative Fredenil Castro, the chairman of the House panel which approved the measure, said that the President is being convinced by “somebody” to certify the bill as urgent.

The Senate passed on second reading Senate Bill 1186 seeking the rescheduling of SK elections to next year.

But Brillantes wants the SK polls synchronized with the 2016 presidential elections if not altogether abolished.

 

  • kidlot

    Ang alam ko mga anak din ng mga naka-upong Barangay Chairman ang nananalo inihahanda lang nila mga successor nila. And hindi lang claro sa SK election ay hindi tinuturuan ang mga bata ng ka-importantehan ng BOTO bagkus exposes them to Corruption! Pag rehistro palang pamiryenda, pati-shirt at allowance (ng may kanyang kandidato). Tignan mo tuloy nasasanay na ganoon yung kalakaran….

  • Mc. Jayson Pascua

    A good measure to monitor the performance of the SK is through requiring them to issue a report (financial report, accomplishment report, etc) annually. Just like any other organizations, SK should also be transparent to what they are doing. Postponing the SK polls is a good move to strengthen the measures regarding SK systems. The government is funding SK so it is but right and just to revise the “bulok” system. We are all taxpayers and tax is the life of the government because it supports government expenditures for the welfare of its citizens. We pay tax and the government transforms this to services (medical, educational, etc). I want my fellow young people to be honed as GOOD Leaders.

  • Mc. Jayson Pascua

    I think it’s better if age bracket for SK should include up to 25 years old. Considering the 15-18 age bracket today seems to be too young to enter into politics. Aside from that, they are easily manipulated by their superiors that’s why SK is prone to corruption.

  • Andi Flores

    postponing sk election is just like abolishing youth’s right…at the first place kayo ang naglagda ng kasulatan that the Philippine should have the Sk election to involve us youth….if sk is a breeding ground for corruption what do you called the positions above it…? sa mga pag pupulong na mga yan….which the main topic: the youths of this country for sk election did you ever considered any of our opinions…? kmi po ang topiko dito but how come na hndi masyadong napapahalagahana ng mga opinyon namin…..sa sinabi nyong “it has no achievements to show,no performance; its a waste of money” para nyo na ring sinabing wala kaming silbi…..at kng yan lng naman pala ang basihan….bakit d nyo nalang i suggest na iayyon ang sweldo ng mga sk sa performance na ipinapakita nila….in that way the government can save money at the same time you’ll see the achievements you want to see……

    to make my message short:

    nagmamakaawa po ako… just pleas give us at the very least a one more last chance to prove ourselves………………………

  • Raziel Flores

    so kung postpone, ask ko lang po kung yung mga 17 years old na turning 18 next year, ay kung makakapag vote parin po ba sila? and kung may panibagong registration po ulit next year?