Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government yesterday House Bill 5209 seeking to postpone Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections on February 21 has been approved at the committee level after yesterday’s hearing of the panel.
But Marcos stressed that the central issue is the pending passage of the SK Reform Bill, explaining that the postponement may only be necessary because of the “significant and fundamental changes” that the reform measure will institute in the system of youth representation.
“I really would like to change the perception that the central issue in discussion between the House and the Senate is the postponement; the postponement is merely a side issue actually depending upon the version (of the SK Reform Bill) that would eventually be agreed upon by both Houses of Congress,” he said.
He said the SK Reform Bill will likely affect the voter’s list and the system of election for youth representatives so the Commission on Elections and other concerned agencies may need time to make the necessary preparations and changes.
The Senate committee on local government is set to sponsor at the plenary a measure postponing the youth polls to October 2016.
By Michael Bueza | Rappler
MANILA, Philippines – The Senate committee on local government has approved a measure to postpone anew the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK or youth council) elections, its chairman said on Friday, January 23.
Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr said in a news briefing that his committee is set to adopt and sponsor House Bill 5209, which seeks to postpone the SK polls to October 2016, pending the passage of reforms in the SK system.
“We’re done with the hearing. We’ll start writing the committee report already; that’s the procedure. So, if we can finish it, I will be speaking to the Senate President and see when we can schedule [at the plenary],” said Marcos.
The senator then reiterated that the postponement of the SK polls was merely a “side issue,” saying that both houses of Congress are “anticipating many big changes in the youth representation system” through a consolidated SK reform bill.
By Amita Legaspi | GMA News Online
A Senate committee approved on Friday the postponement of the Sangguniang Kabataan elections scheduled next month.
Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr, chairman of the committee on local government, said he is ready to report out to the Senate plenary the decision.
“We are done with the hearing, if we can finalize the report I will speak with the Senate President and see when we can schedule it for floor deliberations,” Marcos told reporters after the hearing.
The SK elections are initially set on February 21, 2015 after its postponement in 2013. If the Congress votes for its postponement anew, it will be synchronized with the barangay elections on October 26, 2016.
By Ernie Reyes | InterAksyon.com
MANILA, Philippines – The Senate committee on local government has approved a bill that will postpone the Sangguniang Kabataan elections next month and synchronize this with the barangay elections scheduled in October 2016.
Committee chairman Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said the consensus of stakeholders who attended the panel’s hearing Friday morning for to postpone the elections for the youth councils to allow preparations for the passage of a bill to reform the SK system, which is pending in both chambers of Congress.
“Yes, on the committee level, we have agreed to postpone the election until October 2016,” Marcos said at a brief press conference after the hearing.
“We practically adopted (at the committee) the House version, kasi very straightforward naman ang sa House (because it is very straightforward). The House passed only the postponement … (it’s) very simple, there are no other issues involved,” Marcos said.
By Maila Ager | Inquirer.net
MANILA, Philippines–The Senate committee on local government finally approved on Friday a bill postponing the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to October 2016.
The SK polls were originally scheduled for February 21, 2015.
After holding a hearing on Friday, committee chair Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. announced that the bill was already approved by the panel and will now be ready for plenary actions next week.
In a press conference, Marcos clarified that the postponement of the SK polls will only become definite once the Senate approves the bill on third and final reading.
“Again, it’s only approved in the committee level. We still have to go through the process of sponsoring it and (have) it passed on third reading. Hanggang doon hindi pa natin masasabi na talagang tapos na ang proseso and the postponement is definite, so we will have to wait until we go through the entire legislative process,” he said.
The House of Representatives has already passed its own version of the bill.
By Ruth Abbey Gita | SunStar.com
THE Senate committee on local government approved on Friday the bill seeking to postpone the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to October 2016.
Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., chairman of the committee, said the approval of House Bill 5209 will give Congress more time to reform its system.
“The postponement is merely a side issue. SK reform is the main concern,” Marcos said.
“We are anticipating that there will be many big changes in the system of youth representation in government. In fact, the Sangguniang Kabataan will probably be changed because we are involving other entities in the youth movement and youth representation in government,” he added.