Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Monday debunked allegations of Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on the supposed postponement of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections scheduled on May 2018.
Previously, Drilon speculated that the administration was purposely suspending the local elections in a bid to perpetuate Duterte and his allies in power as the government continues to railroad into a federal type of government.
“While there is a pending bill in the House filed by Congressman Johnny Pimentel to suspend anew the barangay elections, Senator Pimentel declared before the audience of 4,000 that there was no support in the Senate for another postponement of the barangay elections. That means, as far as Congress is concerned, barangay elections will push through,” Roque said.
In an interview with DZRH on Tuesday morning, Senate President Koko Pimentel also clarified that the scheduled local polls will proceed and that the Senate will strictly oppose any plan to suspend it.
According to Pimentel, if the Congress insist on the suspension it will result in an ‘exercise in futility.
“Alam po nila pag dating sa Senado parang uphill climb yan. Kung sa larong bastketball yan para kang nagsho-shoot magmula sa half court,” Pimentel remarked.
Prior to this, the barangay and SK polls had been postponed twice already.