Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Palace leaving Congress to decide on barangay, SK polls

By Lira Dalangin-Fernandez -

MANILA, Philippines -- Malacañang on Wednesday said it is leaving it up to Congress to decide if elections for barangay and Sanggunian Kabataan (SK or youth council) officials should be postponed to 2010.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, however, stressed that as far as the executive is concerned, it wants the elections to push through on October this year.

"The executive at this moment is not for a postponement," Ermita said, but added that it would abide by a new law postponing the polls if Congress pass one.

Ermita said that during the meeting of the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council two weeks ago, senators expressed their opposition to move the election to 2010, simultaneous with the presidential election.

Interior and Local Government Secretary and acting presidential political adviser Ronaldo Puno also said he would lobby in Congress for the election to push through next month.

Ermita said the government is ready for the elections with P2.1 billion form this year’s budget allotted for the exercise.

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