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Friday, October 4, 2013
MANILA (Updated) -- Malacanang said Friday that President Benigno Aquino III has signed into law the bill postponing this month's Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.
The Chief Executive inked the consolidated Senate Bill 1186 and House Bill 2849 or Republic Act 10632 on October 3, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a news briefing.
"The Sangguniang Kabataan elections on October 28, 2013 shall be postponed to a date to be determined by the Comelec (Commission on Elections) between October 28, 2014 and February 23, 2015," the new law said.
Until the new set of officials have been duly elected and qualified, it said that the 10 percent SK fund will be used by the sangguniang barangay (village council) "solely for youth development programs."
All incumbent SK officials shall not remain in office after the expiration of their term at noon of November 30, 2013.
The law said that all SK officials who are ex-officio members of the Sangguniang Bayan (Municipal Council), Sangguniang Panlungsod (City Council) or Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Board) as the case may be shall not continue to serve as such members in the sanggunian concerned after the expiration of their term as SK officials.
The Comelec and the Department of Interior and Local Government shall promulgate rules and regulations necessary within 30 days after its effectivity to implement the new law.
The new act shall take effect immediately after its publication in the Official Gazette or in at least two newspapers of general circulation.
Meanwhile, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) wants to make sure that there shall be no more confusion if they will still hold the SK polls on October 28.
In an interview, Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said they will engage in massive information dissemination that there shall only be election of barangay officials later this month.
"One of our focuses would be in spreading the word that there will be no more SK elections," said Jimenez.
He said this is because there are still many people, particularly the youth, that are hoping the SK polls will still push through.
But with the President already signing the bill postponing the SK polls, Jimenez said there is no more hope in holding the youth polls.
"I guess what that means now is that it is already definite that there will be no more SK elections," said Jimenez.
In terms of their preparation, the poll official said there are no more adjustments to be made as they have long stopped preparing for the SK polls.
Jimenez said they have long slowed down on their SK preparations with a full stop coming after the two houses of Congress ratified it almost two weeks ago.
"We are now going full blast preparing for the barangay elections," said Jimenez. (SDR/HDT/Sunnex)