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Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez on Friday said he opposed any postponement of the general elections in May 2022.

“Any deferment will violate the Constitution, which sets the elections for the second Monday of May. The nation has to elect its next president and vice president. The top two leaders have a fixed term of office of six years, which cannot be extended,” the chair of the House constitutional amendments committee said.

“Also, the Senators, Representatives and LGU elective officials must all face the crucible of facing the judgment of our people in regular elections as mandated by our Constitution,” Rodriguez said.

He said he understands the concerns of Pampanga Rep. Mikey Arroyo when he questioned Comelec officials about the possibility of postponing the 2022 polls if the Covid-19 pandemic is not yet over by then.

“The next elections are still more than one-and-a-half years away. We hope that by the time we choose our next set of national and local leaders, the pandemic has gone away or there is already a vaccine against the new coronavirus so that we can freely go to the polling precincts and cast our votes,” he said.

“If the virus is still around, the Comelec shall make preparations for effective and efficient methods for conducting elections observing social distancing and other precautionary measures for our people to vote safely,” Rodriguez added.

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