House panel OKs bill postponing SK polls
Postponement a test case for abolition of SK?
MANILA - The House of Representatives Committee on Suffrage has approved a bill postponing to October 2016 the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections that was scheduled October this year.
The vote was 11-1 to postpone, while the vote to reschedule to October 2016 was 8-1.
Five other bills of a similar nature were withdrawn to hasten the vote on the bill.
With this development, the bill will now be scheduled for plenary deliberations and on 2nd reading.
Under the proposed bill, no holdover officers will be allowed for the SK--providing a test case for the abolition of the SK.
Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II said they hope to approve the bill in the Lower House as soon as possible.
Committee chairman Rep. Fred Castro said he expects the Lower House to approve the SK postponement bill next week, even if it will have to be tackled alongside the national budget in plenary.
"Barring complication objectively, I see it could be approved in plenary next week," he said.
Castro said there may be a need for a bicameral conference committee to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the bill.
The Senate bill, already approved, only allows a postponement to 2015. It also prescribes a holdover capacity for officials.