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.