MANILA (2nd UPDATE) - The Senate approved on Monday a bill seeking to defer the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.
With 21 affirmative votes, zero negative votes, and no abstentions, the Senate approved on final reading Senate Bill No. 1043 seeking to postpone the barangay and SK elections to Dec. 5, 2022.
The elections were supposed to be held on May 11, 2020.
Under the proposed measure, following the December 2022 local polls, the subsequent synchronized barangay and SK elections shall be held on the first Monday of December 2025 and every three years thereafter.
The last barangay elections were held in May 2018 by virtue of a law signed by President Rodrigo Duterte postponing the October 2017 polls.
If the bill is enacted into law, there would be two elections in 2022 – the presidential elections in May and the synchronized barangay and SK elections seven months after.
A passage of this law would mark the third postponement of the barangay and SK polls under the Duterte administration.
The proposed measure shall be consolidated with its House of Representatives counterpart through the bicameral conference committee, after which it shall be submitted to the president for his approval. - with a report from Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News