June 23, 2018, 10:35 am
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Senators: No time to pass bill postponing barangay polls

SENATE President Aquilino Pimentel III and other senators yesterday said it would be nearly impossible for the Senate to pass a measure moving the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections to October 8 because Congress has only two weeks left before going on Lenten break.

Senate majority leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III said aside from lack of time, majority of his colleagues are opposed to another postponement.

Senate minority leader Franklin Drilon said an informal survey conducted by Pimentel showed majority of the senators are against any move to postpone the elections anew. He added there is no pending bill at the Senate seeking a postponement of the elections.

The House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms on Monday approved the proposal postponing the elections originally set for May 14. The move is in line with the administration’s plan to hold a plebiscite for the proposed shift to federalism. If approved by Congress, it will be the third postponement since 2013.

Congress goes on break from March 24 to May 13.

Pimentel said the Senate would treat the measure “normally” and would hold the usual public hearings.
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