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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau



12 March 2018 10:28:10 PM

The House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms chaired by Rep. Sherwin Tugna on Monday ruled to postpone the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to the second Monday of October 2018 with a vote of 14-2. This would move the polls to October 8, marking the third postponement of the Barangay and SK polls slated for May 14, 2018. The 14 who voted in favor of the postponement were Deputy Speakers Gwendolyn Garcia, Fredenil Castro, and Raneo Abu, Reps. Robert Ace Barbers, Xavier Jesus Romualdo, Luisa Lloren Cuaresma, Vini Nola Ortega, Rodante Marcoleta, Benhur Lopez, Jr., Jose Panganiban, Jr., Deogracias Victor Savellano, Magnolia Antonino, Winston Castelo, and Joseph Paduano. Those who voted against were Reps. Antonio Tinio and Edgar Erice. Resource speakers present during the deliberations presented differing positions, with the Liga ng mga Barangay in support of the poll resetting and the National Youth Commission against. For its part, the Commission on Elections stated it was on track in its preparations for the scheduled May elections, and postponement may present complications as this would overlap with preparations for the 2019 midterm elections. | CMB Engracia/G Manalo