YOUTH groups across the country are opposing another postponement of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, saying such act would be “anti-youth” and “anti-reform.”
A statement signed by 30 youth organizations from the different regions in the country, said the youth are all set and ready for the barangay and SK elections on May 14.
The House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms has decided to move anew the elections to October 8.
They said postponing the elections is a "clear delaying tactics to our victory of a reformed SK law."
"Anyone who wants to postpone SK is afraid of the power of young people. It's been years since youth power in the barangay was taken away. The time to elect young people in the government is now. This time, we say No to delay! Push elections for SK,"the statement reads.
The group said issues and talks about federalism is not an excuse and valid reason to defer the elections.
"This selfish interest must not block our way to progressive and meaningful youth participation,"the statement said.
Kenneth Piloton, president and executive director of Barug Kabatan-onan Movement (Barug Inc.), said they are objecting the postponement as it would disenfranchise qualified candidates to run for SK positions.
Barug Inc. is one of the signatories of the position paper.
"Disenfranchisement ni sa youth sector kay katong qualified unta mahimong member sa SK dili na ma-qualified kay posibleng molapas na ang edad (It deprives the chance of qualified candidates because they may no longer be qualified next time because of age requirement),"Piloton said.
The group said they have already set schedules for voters education campaign while the poll body has already released copies of certificate of candidacies for interested candidates.
Piloton fears that the rescheduled date for the elections may not be pushing through because of the midterm elections next year.
Piloton explained that village officials have already been overstaying on their seats.
"Ok ra unta og ga function sila ug gatrabaho og tarong pero looy kung wala kay padayon nga mag-suffer ang ilang constituents sa ilang hiwi nga pagpadagan samot na kung apil sa ila sa giingon sa presidente ug sa police nga involved sa illegal drug activities (Its ok if they function but what if they are not and worse they engaged in illegal activities, their constituents will continue to suffer),"Piloton said.
Piloton urged his fellow youth to speak and not to lose their interest in participating the elections and other social involvements.