Sunday, September 16, 2007

House bent on resetting village polls

By Norman Bordadora - Inquirer

MANILA -- The House of Representatives appears bent on approving the bill seeking to postpone the barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections scheduled for Oct. 29.

Speaker Jose de Venecia on Saturday said he expected the postponement of the village elections to be approved on third reading in the House Monday.

“With strong bipartisan support, the bill postponing the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections by two years is expected to be approved on third and final reading on Monday,” De Venecia said.

The bill became the first measure approved in committee by the House in the 14th Congress after it was sponsored on second reading in plenary last week by Makati Rep. Teodoro Locsin Jr., chair of the committee on suffrage and electoral reform.

The bill seeks to postpone the barangay elections from Oct. 29 to May 2009.

The fate of the measure will still depend on the Senate, however.

The elections will still push through if the Senate fails to act on the legislation.

“It will be up to the Senate to decide whether the polls should be postponed or not,” House Majority Leader Arthur Defensor said.

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