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Palace to abide by Congress decision on barangay, SK polls

Manila (5 September) -- Malacanang will abide by the decision of both houses of Congress on the fate of the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections on Oct. 29 as mandated by law.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said, however, that if it were all up to Malacanang, the Barangay and SK elections would be held as scheduled next month.

Ermita made the statement in response to a question by a reporter covering Malacanang on the Palace's stand on the proposal of some lawmakers to postpone the Barangay and SK polls.

"First, the Palace will leave it to both houses of Congress to make the decision whether the Barangay and SK elections will be postponed or not," Ermita said in his weekly press briefing at the New Executive Building in Malacanang this morning.

He recalled that senators, who attended the Legislative and Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) meeting in Malacanang last month, felt that the barangay and SK polls would push through.

"The Executive branch is also, at this moment, not for the postponement. However, if the Congress passes a law (postponing the Barangay and SK polls), then we just have to execute it," Ermita said.

The Palace official said that the issue has already passed the committee level in the House of Representatives and it will be the subject of deliberations in both legislative chambers.

Ermita pointed out that under the 2007 national budget, the government has provided P138.9 million for the SK general registration of voters held last July, and P2.1 billion for the Barangay election.

"So the government is ready for the elections in October," Ermita stressed, but that the final decision rests with Congress. (OPS) [top]

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