THERE is a big chance that the Sanguniang Kabataan (SK) elections scheduled in October will not push through, according to Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
Marcos said that there is a consensus from the national government and other concerned parties to postpone the SK polls until Congress is able to address issues hounding the youth council.
Marcos, chair of the Senate Committee on Local Government, said that he will try to have the committee report finished and signed by the members of the panel this week and report it to the plenary by Monday.
“We need to tackle the proposal immediately so that the Comelec (Commission on Elections) will know if there is a need for the poll body to prepare for the SK polls or not,” Marcos told reporters.
Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes, in a separate interview, expressed no objection over the impending suspension of the SK election but he said that the commission will continue to prepare for the barangay and SK polls until Congress approves the proposal.
According to Brillantes, the postponement of the youth council elections will help the Comelec determine if the barangay can function well even without the SK.
The poll body said the SK should be abolished because it has failed to serve it purpose.
But legislators are against the abolition of the said youth council.
Marcos said the Constitution acknowledges the importance of the youth in nation building and the state should promote and protect their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual, and social well-being.
“Clearly, abolition will deprive the youth of their right to participate in nation building that is enshrined in our Constitution,” he added.
Senate President Franklin Drilon admitted that the SK election postponement is one of the three priorities set to be tackled by the chamber before it adjourns on September 28.