MANILA - House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is optimistic that they will be able to pass a law that would postpone the barangay elections just as President Rodrigo Duterte wanted.
Duterte said he wanted to replace barangay officials with appointees because 40 percent of village chiefs are allegedly involved in illegal drugs.
Alvarez acknowledged that amending the Local Government Code is necessary for this to happen, and he is positive that this can be done before the scheduled October elections.
"Kaya po iyon...Hindi po [kakapusin sa oras] lalo na kapag cinertify as urgent ng ating Pangulo," he said.
(That can be done. We won't run short of time especially if the President certifies this as urgent.)
Although the House is still in recess, Alvarez said he has already instructed his staff to draft the amendments which they can file when session resumes in May.
Alvarez also noted that he is yet to receive objection from his colleagues about Duterte's plan, which he said is "valid."
Alvarez assured that they shall also discuss Duterte's plan of appointing officers-in-charge in barangays in lieu of the current officials who were on mere holdover capacity.