MANILA—President Rodrigo Duterte is calling for the postponement of the May 2020 elections to extend the terms of incumbent village and youth leaders, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Monday.
"Very short kasi 'yung term ng present na barangay officials ngayon based sa postponement nung nakaraan," he said.
"So I think the President wants to extend the term of barangay officials para matikman din nila benepisyo ng Magna Carta," he added.
In Oct. 2017, Duterte signed Republic Act 10952 postponing the Oct. 23, 2017 synchronized polls to the second Monday of May 2018.
The law states that the next elections shall be held on May 2020, reducing the terms of candidates who won the May 2018 elections to only 2 terms, instead of 3 years as mandated by the previous law.
In his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA), Duterte urged the 18th Congress to reschedule the synchronized polls.
"Congress has to postpone the May 2020 elections and ‘yung Barangay, Sangguniang Kabataan to October 2022," he said.
"Because if you read it, this… To rectify the truncated terms. Paiba-iba na eh. The truncated terms of sitting barangays but also provide them with the ample time to finish their programs and projects," he added.