By Marlon Purificacion | People's Journal
SENATOR Bongbong Marcos stressed that the Congress will amend the law on Sangguniang Kabataan before 2016.
Marcos said the bicameral committee, the joint bicameral of the House of Representatives and the Senate, has agreed on the final version of the bill that will postpone the SK elections to a date between October 28, 2014 and February 23, 2015 but the specific date to be determined by the Comelec.
Marcos said they agreed to adjust the date of the election because they did not want to wait until 2016.
"Ang aming sinasabi bakit natin patatagalin itong sistema na ayaw naman natin. Ngunit hindi naman maganda kung walang representation ang kabataan nang napakatagal, nang tatlong taon.
Kaya’t ang aming sinabi gawin natin eh madaliin natin ng konti, bilisan natin ng konti ang ating mga diskusyon tungkol sa mga reform at reorganization ng SK at sa ganung paraaan itong sistema, ang bagong sistema na gagawin natin eh mailagay na, maumpisahan na. So that is why we did not wait for 2016, that is why we gave ourselves, binigyan namin ang sarili namin ng deadline para kailangan matapos ang diskusyon at maibigay na sa Kongreso ang reform bill ng SK bago pa dumating ang 2016," he said.
The senator also confirmed that there will be no holdover specifically because they are trying to reform the system.
"So, why will we holdover the system we are not satisfied with. So that was the reason that we all came to, why we should not holdover the officers of the present positions until the next elections," he said.
He also clarified that they are not pushing for the abolition of the SK.
"No member of the bicam committee was pushing for the abolition of the SK. I think lahat ng member of the bicameral committee ay sumasang-ayon na kailangan talaga na may representasyon ang kabataan sa pamahalaan in whatever shape or form. Hindi pa natin malaman dahil iyan pa ang pag-uusapan in the next year or so," he added.