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Semplang! Sotto rejects Alvarez’ no-el scenario in 2019


By Xave Gregorio

Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III countered House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on the possibility of holding no elections next year.

Sotto, through messaging app Viber, told Senate reporters that the scenario floated by Alvarez is only possible if all laws related to the conduct of elections every three years are amended.

“The question is – are we (Senate) willing to do that?” Sotto said Wednesday (July 11).

Alvarez told House reporters in a press briefing that it is best to hold off the 2019 elections to let Congress focus on amending the Constitution.

“Kung gugustuhin talaga na matapos natin ito. Kase kailangan mo ng focus diyan eh. Hindi pwedeng basta-basta na lang na ‘yung … bara-bara,” he said.

But Sotto said this would only be possible if Article VI, Section 8 of the 1987 Constitution, which says senators and congressmen would be elected on the second Monday of May, is amended.