Friday, May 27, 2016

Salceda eyes barangay, SK elections postponement amid federalism talks

LEGAZPI CITY, May 26 (PNA) -- Outgoing Albay Governor and newly-elected 2nd district House Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda said he will file a bill seeking the postponement of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections set in October.

Salceda said his proposal is to give way preparation for the country's possible shift to federal from the presidential form of government.

“I will file or co-author a similar bill seeking the postponement of the barangay and SK elections once the 17th Congress opens in July to give way for this political and constitutional reforms,” Salceda said in a statement posted on his Facebook account.

He said the upcoming 17th Congress should start debates on the possible Charter change.

Salceda said the Constitutional amendments should include not only the political but economic reforms "to break down high concentration of business ownership and market share through foreign competition."

Earlier, Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andres Bautista said the commission would suggest to Congress to postpone barangay and SK elections.

Bautista cited 'election fatigue' considering the country has just finished its national and local elections.

The Comelec top official also said holding election in over 42,000 barangays would cost at least Php3.4 billion.

Bautista said he plans to consult with presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte about the commission's proposal.

Duterte has been pushing for a shift to a federal form of government.(PNA) JFM/FGS/MSA/CBD