THE decision to continue or postpone the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE) on December this year should be up to President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

This was what Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and Association of Barangay Councils (ABC)-Cebu City President and Barangay Kasambagan chief Franklyn Ong said on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, when they received word of several proposed measures to postpone the incoming BSKE.

Cebu City North District Rep. Rachel “Cutie” del Mar has already filed a bill in Congress to suspend the BSKE which is scheduled to take place on Dec. 5, 2022.

In del Mar’s proposed measure, the election will be moved to Dec. 4, 2023.

But Rama refused to give his stance on the matter and said that the public should wait for the president’s state of the nation address (Sona).

“I am waiting for the Sona on what would be the position of the president, we must not be preempting the president,” he added.

In a separate interview, Ong said many congressmen have sought the postponement of the BSKE but it will be the decision of the president that will be followed.

“I think it is all under the pleasure of the president. Kami, huwat lang gyud mi kung unsay mando sa among katas-an (We are just waiting for the orders from our leaders),” said Ong.

Ong further said whether there will be an election or not, the village officials will continue to perform their obligations.

Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong’’ Chan recently expressed his support of the call to suspend the BSKE.

Chan reasoned that having two elections in one year will be expensive for the government.

In her explanatory note, del Mar said that by suspending the BSKE, the government can concentrate on other economic programs that would be beneficial to the people.