Cong. Ace seeks postponement of Barangay and SK elections

SURIGAO CITY (Aug. 29) – Surigao del Norte 2nd district representative Robert Ace S. Barbers reiterated his call to defer the barangay and SK elections--appealing to the members of Congress to act on this urgent matter.

“We are running out of time. Congress must decide within the next two weeks whether or not to push with the Barangay and SK elections. Comelec has already started printing ballots. It would be a complete waste of government funds if they continue with the printing, and then Congress later decides to defer the elections,” Barbers said.

Barbers filed House Resolution 51 last June 30, calling for the postponement of the 2016 Barangay and SK elections until Congress has determined an appropriate date for its conduct.

“The billions of pesos that can be saved by the deferment can be used for other worthwhile government projects like construction of public roads, school buildings, scholarship programs and other endeavors.

Besides, this is also in support of the administration’s plan to shift to a federal form of government. If approved, a plebiscite could already be made in two or three years for the shift, so conducting an election now is unnecessary,” he emphasized.

Barbers, likewise, is a proponent of a measure which calls for a Constituent Assembly to amend the 1987 Constitution.

The Comelec is scheduled to hold brangay and SK elections on October 31, pursuant to Section 1 of Republic Act No. 9164 as amended by Republic Act No. 9340. (ASG/2nd Congressional Office-SDN)

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