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PIA Press Release
2007/10/01

Senator Roxas hints at possible postponement of barangay elections

Tacloban City (October 1) -- Senator Mar Roxas disclosed the possibility that the forthcoming barangay elections will be postponed.

The committee which conducted the study is expected to submit their findings and recommendations on Wednesday, Senator Roxas revealed. It seems that the recommendation is in favor of the postponement of the barangay elections, Senator Roxas added. The good Senator, however, said that the committee's recommendation will be officially bared once the committee report is submitted on Wednesday.

Senator Roxas was reacting to the appeal of the local chief executives to postpone the elections since another election would again mean divisiveness among the people.

It would be recalled that House Bill 2417, which seeks to postpone the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections from October 29, 2007 to May 11, 2009, was approved by the House of Representatives about two weeks ago.

The Senators are urged by the local chief executives to take similar step and approve a counterpart bill.

The mayors present said that the intervening period could be used to initiate the much-needed reforms in the Barangay and the Sangguniang Kabataan systems.

Senator Roxas said that the suggestion of the mayors to instead appoint the barangay chairman who will represent his barangay, rather than sacrificing the interest of the barangay if and when the chairman does not have the same color with that of the local chief executive, is a good idea and worth looking into.

The mayors present appreciated the candidness of Senator Roxas saying that the country needs a leader who knows how to listen to the voice of the people.

Looking at and listening to the reactions of the Mayors during the interaction, it appears that the good Senator has captured their hearts, another chief executive said. (PIA 8) [top]

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