House OKs bill to postpone SK polls on 2nd reading
MANILA (UPDATED/CORRECTED) – The House of Representatives approved on 2nd reading Wednesday night the postponement of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections originally scheduled for October 28, 2013.
In a viva voce vote, the House approved Committee Report No. 2 covering House Bill 2849, postponing the elections to the 4th Monday of October 2016 instead.
The bill has no holdover provision, which means incumbent Sangguniang Kabataan officials shall not remain in office after their term ends noon of November 30, 2013.
This was made explicit in an amendment proposed by co-author Edgar Erice, accepted by lead sponsor Fred Castro.
Kabataan party-list Rep. Terry Ridon said this is a virtual abolition of the SK and denial of the youth's right to participate in governance.
House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales said the bill is scheduled for approval on 3rd reading on Monday.
According to a fact sheet provided by the House, the postponement aims to give Congress enough time to consider proposals to abolish the SK as an institution.
Different sectors have called for the abolition of the SK as it allegedly breeds corruption among the youth.
The bill has not been certified as urgent by the President, thus it needs the standard 3-day gap before it can be approved on 3rd and final reading.
There are about 3 million registered SK voters.