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Supalpal! Andanar thrashes Alvarez’s no-el proposal: Di pwedeng wala!

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Communications Secretary Martin Andanar has become the latest official from the executive branch to shoot down House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’s proposal to postpone the 2019 elections.

In a radio interview Tuesday (January 9), Andanar said the law is clear that the elections should be held in 2019.

“Of course Speaker Alvarez, mayroon po siyang sariling idea kung papaano ito itutulak. Lahat naman kasi may kaniya-kaniyang ano, may kaniya-kaniyang recommendation. Pero as far as the law is concerned, as far as the process is concerned ay mayroon ho talagang eleksiyon 2019,” he said.

Andanar said elections will push through even if Congress succeeds in amending the 1987 Constitution for a shift to a federal form of government.

“Kung anong porma man ang papasa sa Kongreso, sa taumbayan, hindi ho maaaring walang eleksiyon – mayroon ho talagang eleksiyon,” he said.

Alvarez had hinted about the postponement of the 2019 elections as part of the transition process to a new form of government should Charter Change succeed.

Administration allies in Congress plan to start debates on Charter Change this month so that the proposed amendments can be voted on in a plebiscite to be held at the same time as the barangay elections in May.