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Anong no-el? Palace: 2019 polls still a go unless…

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The 2019 elections will push through unless the new Constitution is ratified providing for the extension of incumbent politikos’ terms, Malacañang said.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque allayed fears about a “no election” scenario Tuesday (January 9) after some lawmakers hinted that the midterm polls will not push through due to Charter Change (Cha Cha).

He said no less than President Rodrigo Duterte made it clear he wants the midterm elections to happen during the Cabinet meeting Monday (January 8).

“He wants to push through with the elections in 2019 and has committed to give us the most honest and the most credible elections in 2019,” Roque said in a press brefing.

Roque said the only way that the 2019 elections will be postponed is if Congress passes a new Constitution and voters amend it before the polls.

“But unless the Constitution is actually ratified by the people and the President calling for the transitory provisions, the elections will push through,” he said.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez earlier hinted about the postponement of the 2019 elections as part of the transition process to a new form of government should Cha Cha succeed.