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PIA Press Release
2007/09/07

Fate of barangay and SK polls in Congress' hands

By Miriam P. Aquino

San Fernando City, La Union (7 September) -- The holding of barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections on October 29 as mandated by law is now in the hands of Congress.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said that Malacaņang will abide of the decision of both houses of Congress on the fate of the Barangay and SK elections even if it were in favor of holding it as scheduled next month.

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.

The government is ready for the October elections but Palace will leave it to Congress to make the decision to postpone or not the combined elections, Ermita added.

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

The bill postponing the next month's combined barangay and SK elections authored by Cebu Rep. Eduardo Gullas was unanimously approved by the house last Wednesday on Second reading.

Gullas is confident the two chambers of Congress will have enough time to expeditiously consider the measure once the bill is approved by the House on final reading.

He pointed out that lawmakers have "compelling reasons" to put off the polls. (PIA La Union) [top]

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