• Manila village chiefs favor deferment of polls

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    Barangay chairmen in Manila favor the postponement of the village election scheduled in October but they are opposed to the appointment of their replacements.

    Kristo Hispano of Barangay 649, Zone 88 of Baseco Compound on Thursday said that he does not oppose the postponement of the barangay polls. However, he is against the appointment of new village chiefs.

    “It’s okay to postpone but not to appoint new barangay chairmen. You know, we are elected to protect our constituents. Who will defend them, like when their houses are being demolished?” Hispano told The Manila Times.

    Ervinne Que, chairman of Barangay 678, Zone 74 in Paco area, said he too was in favor of the postponement of the election.

    “I can understand the motive of appointing new barangay chairmen which is to avoid the election of leaders who are into illegal drugs. Maybe they know very well who are into drugs,” he said.

    “It could be a political move to perpetuate those in power. The newly appointed barangay chiefs will be subservient to the appointing power,” he added.

    The barangay chairmen were reacting to the statement of Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada that he would not oppose President Rodrigo Duterte’s proposal to defer the village polls.

    Of all the cities in the country, Manila has the most number of villages — 896.

    A bill that will postpone the barangay polls is being deliberated at the House of Representatives.

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