Rep. Mikey Arroyo suggests postponement of 2022 elections due to COVID-19 threats

A supporter of presidential candidate Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte looks at the list of a sample ballot before voting at the national elections in Davao city in southern Philippines, May 9, 2016. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

House Deputy Majority Leader and Pampanga 2nd District Rep. Mikey Arroyo urged the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to postpone the 2022 national elections due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Arroyo, son of former president and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, asked the poll body on its plans for the anticipated presidential elections in 2022 given that the earliest time for the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine to the public might be September or October 2021.

He added that the estimated months already fall under the period of the filing for candidacy.

“The thought that we will postpone the elections, has that ever triggered in your mind?” Arroyo asked the poll body.

In defense, Comelec Executive Director Bartolome Sinocruz said they are eyeing to allow online filing of certificates of candidacies.

He added that the poll body might conduct the 2022 elections for two days.

“We’re looking at the idea of holding the elections not just in one day but for two days para ma-regulate natin ‘yung mga boboto,” Sinocruz said, adding that Comelec is looking at best practices in South Korea and the US to keep the elections safe.

Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. slammed Arroyo’s idea saying, “You don’t cancel elections for any reason. That’s treason.”


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