Senator proposes extension of barangay election

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

SENATOR Juan Miguel Zubiri has proposed for the extension of the barangay election to 2012 instead of holding it in October 2010.

This, he said, is to give time for the barangay officials to extend their service to the people.

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Zubiri said he had already submitted a legislative agenda on the extension to the Senate as he claimed that he already got a majority vote from local officials.

“The extension would certainly give big favor to the elected barangay officials. This would give them time to show more what they’ve got,” Zubiri said during his recent visit in the city.

Zubiri’s proposal had earned positive response from a few barangay officials though some do not subscribe to the extension.

Councilor Alexander Dacer said he agreed with Zubiri, saying the extension would somehow give them “space” in so far as expenses is concerned.

“The barangay would spend in the May elections and would again spend more for the barangay elections. If the barangay election would be extended, at least this would give them ‘space’ in expenses,” Dacer said.

However, Anthony “Gaga” Brilleta, barangay chairperson of Iponan, said the Local Government Code has already stipulated the term of office of barangay officials.

Brilleta, who does not agree nor is against the extension, said one must consider the national budget which, according to him, is already in "deficit".

"Spending billions of pesos for a barangay election is a waste of money. Instead, use the funds for primary concerns of the government that should be addressed this time," he said.

Councilor Reynaldo Advincula, meanwhile, does not subscribe to the extension, saying it might sabotage the candidacy of local officials if their mayor did not win in the May elections.

However, Zubiri said the extension is "purely for the benefit of the people."

"I hope the people would not take it negatively or make an issue out of it. I believed that the three-year term of barangay officials is very short as it cannot give them more time to implement their proposed projects," Zubiri said.

Senator proposes extension barangay election

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