Comelec: SK postponement rivals should take their case to SC-A A +A
Thursday, October 3, 2013
THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) told those who question the constitutionality of the measure postponing the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls that they can just bring their gripes to the Supreme Court (SC) if they want.
“Pumunta sila sa Supreme Court kung gusto nila… in the meantime, tapos na ang election nun,” said Comelec Chairperson Sixto Brillantes,
Earlier, SK National Federation Vice President for Luzon Paul Belmonte said that the measure, if signed into law, is unconstitutional since it will leave SK seats vacant.
He noted how Article X, Section 9 of the 1987 Constitution provides that “legislative bodies of local government units shall have sectoral representation as may be prescribed by law."
Belmonte said the SK federation is prepared to bring the case to the SC and file for a temporary restraining order (TRO) if Aquino signs the SK postponement bill into law.
According to Brillantes, he is confident that it is unlikely that the SC will move to stop the SK polls postponement considering the proximity of the October 28 barangay elections.
“Ang lapit na ng elections e. Maraming nagku-kwestiyon pero palagay ko naman hindi gagalawin yun (ng SC),” opined the poll chief.
Still, Brillantes said they are prepared to hold the elections in the event that a TRO is indeed issued by the SC.
“Huwag lang nila i-issue the day before. 'Pag the day before, e anong gagawin namin… Paano kami magpi-print ng balota?” said Brillantes.
Earlier, the Comelec said that it has stopped preparing for the SK polls after the SK postponement bill was passed by Congress last week.
According to Malacanang, Aquino is already prepared to sign a bill seeking postponement of the SK polls. (HDT/Sunnex)