Isko backs postponement of barangay, SK elections

Aksyon Demokratiko presidential bet Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso supports the postponement of the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections on December 5 this year.

During his sortie in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija on Thursday, Domagoso said the SK and Barangay elections are scheduled only seven months after the May national elections and that holding an election is expensive for the country.

He said instead of holding another election, the fund allocated for the December local elections may be used to give aid that may benefit millions of Filipinos.

At the House of Representatives, House Bill 10425 seeking to postpone Dec. 5, 2022, to May 6, 2024 was filed by Davao Oriental Rep. Joel Almario as early as November last year.

The national government has allocated some PHP8 billion from the national budget for the barangay and SK elections this year.

Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 11462 in 2019 or the postponement of the May 2020 barangay and SK elections to December 2022.

Under the said law, village elections after the December 2022 vote will subsequently take place on the first Monday of December 2025 and every three years thereafter.

Domagoso said the local elections should be moved after the national elections or even a year and a half.

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