Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Senate to oppose House bill resetting village, youth polls

By Veronica Uy -

MANILA, Philippines -- The Senate has agreed in a consensus to oppose moves to postpone barangay (village) and the Sangguniang Kabataan (youth council) elections, the Minority Floor Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. has disclosed.

Pimentel said this was discussed in a caucus where he and his colleagues were also deliberating on what to do over MalacaƱang’s refusal to allow Cabinet members attend Senate inquiries.

On Monday, the House of Representatives approved on third and final reading a resolution that reset the village and youth council elections from October 29 to the second Monday of May 2009.

The House bill is expected to be sent to the Senate for adoption.

Cabinet and military officials who were invited Tuesday to the Senate inquiry on the national broadband network project did not attend for various reasons.

Irked over the Palace response, the senators agreed to issue subpoenas to force these officials to attend the ongoing investigation.

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