MANILA -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday appealed to lawmakers to act as soon as possible on the proposals to postpone the May 2020 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.
Comelec chairman Sheriff Abas said it would be for the better if Congress decides early on the fate of the scheduled village and youth polls next year.
Oo iyon yung ina-appeal namin. Actually, may team kami na pumunta at nagkaroon ng budget briefing. Isa iyon sa na-discuss na kung pupuwede ASAP (as soon as possible). Mas early nila ma-determine, mas maganda (Yes, that's our appeal. Actually, we have a team that went there for a budget briefing. That's one of the agenda that if they can do it ASAP. The earlier, the better), Abas told the media.
Kasi siyempre madaming maapektuhan diyaan at yung gastos yung inaaalala namin. Kasi yung gastos may mga preparatory gastos diyan. Baka masayang lang (Of course, many will be affected and we are concerned on the expenses because preparation is expensive. We don't want to waste money), the poll body official said.
Abas said they also asked the Senate to immediately decide on the proposal to postpone the barangay and SK polls.
In fairness to the two houses (of Congress), they are already conducting committee hearings on the postponement. The latest was the committee of Sen. Imee Marcos, he said.
The Comelec official, however, said preparation will continue while waiting for the results of the proposed bills seeking postponement of the next year's elections.
He said they requested for PHP7-billion budget but Congress approved only PHP5 billion for the holding of the barangay and SK elections.
So makikita niyo doon na talagang kinakasa namin. Ang preparation is matuloy siya. Kung hindi siya matuloy, at least nahingi na namin yung budget. Lahat preparations, lahat ng guidelines setup na (So as you can see, we are preparing. If preparation will not push through, at least we asked for budget. Every preparations and guidelines have been set up already), Abas added.
Earlier, Senator Christopher 'Bong' Go sought for a postponement to May 2022 while Marcos wanted it moved to May 2023. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency