Due to the habitual postponement by Congress of the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, Senator Imee Marcos has proposed a fixed term for these elected officials.
In an interview with radio DZBB, Marcos said the series of postponement that spanned for more than three decades has enabled barangay and SK officials to serve beyond their supposed fix term of three years. Marcos noted that rescheduling of the elections has allowed these officials to remain in power for at least five years.
“Just to bring it out there for debate and argument. Tutal ang reyalidad, halos five years ang sine-serve nila, postpone tayo ng postpone,” said Marcos, chair of the Senate Committee on Electoral Reforms and People’s Participation.
“Alam natin yung barangay mahirap talaga ang trabahong yan, 24/7. Silang lahat ang nakatutok sa programa at proyekto ng gobyerno. So, importante talaga na kabisado nila. Kayat I’m thinking yun nga, I’m thinking maybe 6 years, 1 year after Presidential election,” she added.
The President’s sister made the proposal after sponsoring a proposed legislation which seeks to reschedule once again the upcoming barangay and SK polls this coming December 23. The Lower House earlier this month has already approved on final reading a similar measure with regards to the said matter.
Under Marcos’ SB 1306, the upcoming barangay and SK polls supposedly scheduled on December will be moved on the second Monday of May 2023.
During the panel deliberations last month, Marcos explained that since there is no constitutional provision over the incumbency of barangay and SK officials, it’s better if to elect new sets of officials every six years, adding that it should be done regularly year after the Presidential polls.
“Palagay medyo maikli masyado yung 3 years sa totoo lang, dahil every year halos, mula noong 1998 ay pinopostponed. Kung hindi yung SK ung barangay election ang pino-postponed. SO, on the average they actually serve, yung totoong sinerve nila ng term ay hindi 3 years, kundi mas malapit sa four and half to five years,” Marcos stressed.