The Duterte administration’s struggle on drugs must not be used to “repeatedly delay” the holding of barangay elections, Senate President Koko Pimentel mentioned on Monday.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) was supposed to maintain barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls in October final yr however Congress postponed it to October 23 this yr upon the prodding of President Rodrigo Duterte amid report that drug cash may be used to affect the outcomes of the native polls.
However, the Chief Executive early this yr reiterated the necessity to postpone the polls anew for a similar purpose.
Asked whether or not the holding or postponement of the barangay and SK polls ought to rely upon the period of the struggle on drugs, Pimentel mentioned, “Hindi dapat.”
“Kaya nga dapat kumilos na ang Executive branch at kasuhan lahat ng mga barangay officials na nandun sa drug list,” the Senate chief mentioned in a tv interview.