House OKs bill postponing SK polls
MANILA - The House of Representatives has approved on 3rd reading a bill postponing the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections in a roll call vote on Monday afternoon.
A total of 185 congressmen backed House Bill 2349, which postpones the October 2013 SK elections to October 2016.
The 2013 SK election was meant to coincide with the barangay elections, which will push through on its own.
Twelve lawmakers opposed the bill. The 12 no votes are: Catherine Barcelona-Reyes, Jocelyn Bernos, Fernando Hicap, Evelio Leonardia, Terry Ridon, Antonio Tinio, Luzviminda Ilagan, Arnel Ty, Emerciana De Jesus, Silvestre Bello, Carlos Zarate and Neri Colmenares.
The lower House, with inputs from the Commission on Elections, approved the bill to allow Congress time to consider the abolition of the SK.
The Comelec estimates some three million youths were registered to vote for the SK.
The bill will now proceed to a bicameral conference committee where it will be reconciled with the Senate version.
The House bill prescribes no holdover provision for the SK, which means incumbent SK members must step down at the expiration of their terms in November. The Senate version prescribes a hold over provision.
Once reconciled, the bicameral version will be sent back to both chambers for ratification. The bill has to become a law before the SK election, which is scheduled on the 4th Monday of October.