House bill filed to postpone October 2017 Elections

Upon the approval of the bill, all concerned officials will be terminated and President Duterte will appoint the Officers-in-Charge.

Last March 22, Surigao del Norte Representative Robert “Ace” Barbers filed House Bill (HB) 5359 titled, “An Act Postponing the October 2017 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections, Amending for the Purpose Republic Act No. 9164, as Amended by Republic Act No. 9340, Republic Act No. 10656 and Republic Act No. 10923, Prescribing Additional Rules Governing the Conduct of Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections and for Other Purposes,” which seeks to postpone the October 2017 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections until the fourth Monday of May 2020.

HB 5359 was filed in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s desire to postpone the elections “because he does not want those financed by drug lords to win.”

Approval of the said bill does not only postpone the October 2017 barangay elections but also gives President Duterte the authority to appoint the qualified persons, terminating the incumbent officials in the process. However, the Sangguniang Kabataan officials are not mentioned to be involved concerning drugs.

In addition, the subsequent synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections will then be held on the second Monday of May 2023 and every three years thereafter.

The bill is currently pending on first reading.

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