MANILA, Philippines - Despite growing clamor to postpone the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III on Wednesday maintained that the elections should push through as scheduled on October 25.
Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda told reporters “the preference of the President is for the barangay elections to push through in October.”
Some lawmakers as well as Vice President Jejomar Binay want the polls postponed due to financial constraints.
The Commission on Elections earlier said the upcoming elections would cost the country about P3.2 billion.
To save on funds, Lacierda said the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is proposing the synchronization of the barangay polls with the national elections on May 2013.
The DILG is also proposing the election of only one Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) representative instead of 8 in the barangay council.
By May 2013, the youth will only get 1 representative to sit in the barangay council. The whole Sangguniang Kabataan council will thus be abolished, DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo suggested.
The government is expected to save P800 million from the process. – with reports from Ruby Tayag, DZMM