Vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R Marcos Jr. has called on Congress to approve a measure that will postpone the barangay elections scheduled on October this year.
Marcos, chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, made the call in Malolos, Bulacan during his Unity Caravan. He said approval of such measure can still be done since the current 16th Congress still have sessions from May 23 to June 10, 2016.
“Kapag nakapag-approve na ang House of Representatives, sasalubungin ko agad sa senado at wala na akong babaguhin aaprubahan ko agad at paaaprubhan ko sa aking mga kasamahan para mabilis,” he said.
There are two bills in the House of Representatives seeking to postpone the 2016 barangay elections.
The Liga ng mga Barangay has been lobbying for a change of the term of officer of barangay captains to 5 years per term and a maximum of 3 consecutive terms. Currently, they have 3 years per term with a maximum of 3 consecutive terms.
He said the postponement is necessary to give time for the next Congress to make a thorough study of the proposal.
“Tulad ng ginawa namin sa Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) na nagpasa kami ng batas na nag-postponed ng October, 2014 SK eleksiyon. ‘Tapos habang walang eleksiyon, trinabaho namin ‘yung SK reform hanggang sa naging batas nga itong SK Reform Law,” he said.