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Senate slams proposed postponement of 2022 elections

Philippine Midterm elections. (Photo courtesy of Associated Press)

The Senate was quick to denounced the proposed postponement of the 2022 national elections, allegedly because of the public’s fear of contacting the CoVid19.

According to Senate Minority leader Franklin Drilon, whoever is suggesting the postponement has a clear motive to push for a “No-El” or no election scenario.

Drilon added that in order to postpone the national elections, you need a law for that.

For Sen. Panfilo Lacson, if there won’t be any elections in 2022, there will be a crisis because based on the existing Constitution, all elected officials will need to vacate their posts by 2022.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III meanwhile said that postponing the 2022 national elections will be unconstitutional because each elected government official has a fixed term.

Sen. Imee Marcos added that we should just follow what is stated in the Constitution, but consider exploring other options based on the recommendation of the Commission on Elections.

However, Sen. Francis Pangilinan said that the on-going pandemic should not be the reason to postpone an election.  Elections can be done inside a basketball court, in plazas, convention centers in order to fully implement social distancing and other health protocols.

Pangilinan added that Filipinos are known for being resourceful, we shouldn’t be inefficient just because there is a pandemic.

Prior to this, Pampanga Rep. Mikey Arroyo made a comment, suggesting the possibility of postponing the 2022 national elections because most Filipinos are afraid of contracting CoVid19.  A vaccine according to the lawmaker will only available during the last quarter of next year, which is supposedly the time for candidates to file in their certificates of candidacy.

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

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