Friday , April 27, 2018

Duterte signs into law barangay, SK polls postponement bill

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill postponing the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections scheduled on October 31.

The Palace is still waiting for the official copy of the newly signed law, said Assistant Secretary Marie Banaag of the Presidential Communications Office.

"According to Executive Secretary [Salvador] Medialdea, it was already signed by the President but he would have to wait for the aircraft that would bring home the signed law and for proper transmittal to the proper offices," Banaag said in a press conference held Tuesday in Malacañang.

"Executive Secretary Medialdea is waiting for the parcel for proper transmittal, so we'll wait today so we can transmit it to the proper channels, official proper channels," she added.

Duterte is now in Brunei for an official state visit.

Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista welcomed the development and admitted that they are happy that the President already signed the law.

He said the poll body will now focus in the voter registration for the elections next year.

"We are of course happy with this development, that the law has finally been signed. We can now focus on the start of our voter registration in November," he said.

Duterte earlier said he would postpone the SK and barangay polls, as he feared that campaign funds of the candidates will come from drug syndicates.

"Do you know the reason why I also agreed with some congressmen to postpone the barangay elections? Because I am afraid that the drug money will sit into the electoral process. You will just be adding to our headache," the President said. (SDR/HDT/Sunnex)