Business Mirror - Senate ratifies SK poll postponement bill

24 September 2013

By Mia M. Gonzalez | Business Mirror

businessMirrorTHE Senate on Tuesday ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the bill postponing the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections scheduled next month to between October 28, 2014, and February 23, 2015.

Under the bill, there would be no holdover capacity for incumbent SK officials, which caused one senator to abstain from voting on the measure, and another from voting in favor of the bill.

Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano said he was “uncomfortable that for one year, there will be no youth representatives in our barangays and at different levels of the government.”

Sen. Francis Escudero posted the lone negative vote, saying that he favored the Senate version of the bill which provided for a holdover capacity for incumbent SK officials.

“I do not want to go on record as voting for the abolition of the SK, if only for one year. Because the effect of this bill is to abolish the SK for one year, with the hope that Congress will be able to pass within that one year time the reform measure that we have been promising the SK for the past three Congresses,” Escudero said.

Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, said the Commission on Elections will determine the specific date for the SK polls.

The senator earlier proposed that incumbent SK officials be on holdover capacity until the next SK elections, but later agreed with the House version that provided otherwise.