MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Senator Ferdinand “Bong-bong” Marcos Jr. recommends the postponement of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to give way to its reforms after being criticized as ineffective.
“[The SK elections is] scheduled on Oct. 28 simultaneous with the barangay elections but it is clear that many reforms are needed for the SK to improve its implementation and its service to its constituency, which is the young people,” Marcos told reporters after the hearing.
The SK Federation, National Youth Commission, League of Cities of the Philippines and the League of Provinces of the Philippines support Senate Bill 1186 filed by Marcos that seeks to postpone the SK elections.
Marcos said that the elections may be held as early as next year if the reforms are agreed upon in a short period.
He also added that there is no need to rush things specially that the biggest part in our society is the youth.
On the other hand, Commission on Election Chairman Sixto Brilliantes Jr. said in a budget hearing that the poll body is ready for the Oct 28 elections.
Brilliantes however said that he will discuss the proposed SK election postponement with Senate President Franklin Drilon and Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte, Jr. sometime this week.
Brillantes added that postponing the SK elections will result in a P60 million savings which could be used for the payment of personnel who will supervise the barangay elections.
ABCom, Leyte Normal University