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PIA Press Release
2010/01/23

Hold-over bill not likely to prosper, says Bongbong

By Mai Gevera

Manila (23 January) -- The hold-over bill is not likely to get the nod of lawmakers but the effort of filing the bill serves to warn those who plan to cause failure of election this May.

House Bill 7108 or hold-over bill allows the holdover in cases of a failed elections or no-election scenario.

The bill states that civil service, local government units, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police will all be under the command or direct control and supervision of Congress during the duration of the hold over.

House Representative Ferdinand Marcos Jr. doesn't believe that this bill will push through since the constitution is very clear with election laws.

"However, I think this effort is only to warn anyone who is thinking of failing the election," he said.

Marcos stressed that if this automated polls will run smoothly and properly, then it would be the most efficient way of holding an election.

"The automation is already here so let's just make it successful. We need to be more vigilant in guiding the polls." he added. Malacanang earlier expressed confidence in the country's first automated national elections despite the reported failure in the initial testing of the newly delivered machines.

The Commission on Elections, according to Malacanang, can appropriately address this problem. (PIA XI) [top]

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