MANILA - Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III warned Thursday there will be thousands of vacancies in government posts from the local to the national level if the 2019 national elections do not push through.
Sotto said while President Rodrigo Duterte is allowed to appoint lawmakers and local officials in a no-election scenario, the sheer number of vacancies will make it impossible.
"There are a thousand positions in the government na hindi pa nafi-fill-up-an ng executive. Tapos magkakaroon ng [vacancies] sa 1,800 cities and municipalities.. I don't think that's possible," he said.
Sotto's remarks came after Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez made a pitch for a people's initiative to postpone next year's midterm elections to allow Congress to facilitate charter change.
Sotto, however, said there is no enabling law yet for a people's initiative. He stressed that there is no need to rush charter change as many of the proposed amendments are still debatable.
He added that it is better to observe first what will happen to the Bangsamoro entity, which is an example of a region working in a federal set-up.
Duterte is set to sign the Bangsamoro Organic Law, creating the Bangsamoro entity that will grant wider autonomy the areas of Muslim Mindanao.