MANILA, Sept. 1, 2016— The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) is backing the proposed postponement of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in October.
Henrietta de Villa, outgoing PPCRV national chairperson, said the country needs a “breather” from the recent presidential polls.
“Yes, we need a breather from too frequent elections. 2017 would be good, 2 years before mid term 2019 elections,” De Villa said.
Amid some calls to abolish village and SK polls, the PPCRV head has called for a a reassessment of the law “since many barangay officials act as cabos of political parties and politicians.”
“There’s a need for a barangay council as basic unit of good governance but stiffer penalties for partisanship and illegal drugs involvement,” she said.
“As for SK, I am still for re-thinking this – its purpose/goal, its activities, relevance,” De Villa added.
For his part, Bishop Roberto Mallari of the Dioese of San Jose diocese in Nueva Ecija also urged Congress to study the issue of SK abolition.
“I think there’s a need to fix the SK system and review if it is still relevant,” Bishop Mallari said, adding that it has become an instrument to perpetuate political dynasties and other corrupt practices. (CBCPNews)