Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has apparently accepted that the synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) will push through in May despite the House of Representatives’ passage of a bill postponing the same.
“Wala tayong magawawa d’yan…that’s how democracy works…gano’n lang talaga [We can’t do anything about it…that’s how democracy works…that’s how it is, really],” Alvarez said during an interview with DZRH on Tuesday, March 20.
The Speaker issued the statement after Senate president Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, president of the administration PDP-Laban party, on Monday said that the “postponement of barangay elections has no chance anymore in the Senate.”
House members moved to postpone the barangay and SK polls slated on May 14 this year by approving on third and final reading last Monday House Bill 7378, which wants the elections to be held on the second Monday of October 2018.
Despite the Senate’s objection to postponing the polls, Alvarez said the House pushed through with passing the bill because “as far as we are concerned, we just responded to what we think would be good for the country.”
Nevertheless, Alvarez said he believed that if President Rodrigo Duterte certifies the bill as urgent, the proposed measure would become law.
“Pag sinertify ng Presidente, lulusot ‘yan,” he said.
Asked by DZRH if there was still time for the chambers to convene and tackle the bill’s passage amid the approaching Lenten break, the Speaker said, “Lahat naman pag gustuhin may oras [There’s time for things you’d like to give time to].”