Senate panel OKs postponement of SK polls

By Jorge Carino, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 23 2015 03:10 PM | Updated as of Jan 23 2015 11:10 PM

MANILA - The Senate Committee on Local Government has approved at the committee level the postponement of the Sangguniang Kabataan elections to October 2016, instead of the original schedule of February 21, 2015.

Sen. Bongbong Marcos, committee chairman, said they still need to submit their decision to the plenary and the postponement cannot be done solely without the approval of the SK Reform Bill.

The bill adjusts the age bracket of youth officials to 18-24 years old. It also provides for fiscal autonomy and a mandatory training program and has anti-dynasty provisions.

Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes said the earlier the legislative decides on the matter, the better it is for government since they will be able to save public funds intended for SK elections.

"If they decide on Monday to postpone SK elections, automatically mga P6 million agad ang mase-save namin" said Brillantes.

Aside from this, Brillantes said that with the postponement of SK elections, Comelec will have the opportunity to focus on the 2016 presidential elections.