Caloocan City 2nd District Rep. Edgar Erice on Monday criticized the decision of the lower House that seeks to cancel the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections for the third time.
"Ang tunay na motibo nito ay 'no-el'. No elections for 2019," he said in a Bandila DZMM interview.
The elections were supposed to be held in Oct. 2016, but Congress postponed them to Oct. 2017. They were later moved to May 14, 2018.
The opposition lawmaker alleged that the true intention for the cancellation was to synchronize the elections with the plebiscite on the new Constitution in October.
Under the proposed new Constitution, Erice said it would have transitory provisions that would allow incumbent officials to extend their terms.
"There are 88 congressman sa huling termino. Kaya po...," he said.
However, the barangay and SK elections would continue this May unless there's a similar measure filed in the upper Chamber.
Erice said the Senate has to agree on the cancellation before Congress goes on recess on March 23.
"Bakit idadamay ang barangay elections eh limang taon na po 'yung nanunungkulan? Ipagkakait natin sa mga mamamayan na pumili ng leader nila," he said.
"Barangay po ang frontline services. 'Yung mga araw-araw na problema, malaki o maliit man, sila 'yung pinupuntahan ng mga mamamayan."