For the BSKE reset, Marcos cites a “sufficient precedent.”
On Thursday, President Ferdinand R. Marcos justified his choice to approve a measure delaying the elections for the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) and the barangay (village), originally scheduled for December 2022.
After filing a case with the Supreme Court (SC) to overturn Republic Act (RA) 11935, which delays the village and youth council elections until October 2023, election attorney Romulo Macalintal made this statement.
Invoking the rules passed under the previous government to postpone the elections, Marcos claimed there is “sufficient precedence” for the delay of the Dec. 5 elections for new barangay and SK officials.
In a surprise interview at the Manila Hotel, he stated, “Well, we have enough precedence for the delay of barangay and SK elections. Nakailan na tayo (It has been done often). In my time lang in government, I have witnessed, I suppose, four, maybe five postponements.”
Elections for the village and youth council have been postponed since 2016.
Rodrigo Duterte, Marcos’ predecessor, signed the three additional ordinances delaying the elections.
In his appeal on Monday, Macalintal claimed that Congress lacked the right to put off the village’s official elections since that authority “exclusively belongs to the Comelec (Commission on Elections).”
The 1987 Constitution, according to Macalintal, does not grant Congress “the ability to postpone the barangay elections or to extend the term of office of the barangay authorities.” He also questioned the validity of RA 11935.
Marcos thought otherwise, asserting that Congress has the authority to do so.
As a result, he asserted that Congress has the legal authority to postpone the elections because the Local Government Code contains the information instead of the Constitution, which does not mention it.
Elections for the village and youth council are now held on the last Monday in October 2023, according to RA 11935, which Marcos signed on October 10.
According to RA 11935, all currently serving village and SK officials must remain in their positions unless terminated or suspended.
According to the law, the village and SK officials’ terms of office will begin at noon on November 30 after their election.
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