• Youth councils a dismal failure, says poll lawyer

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    Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal on Tuesday urged the lawmakers to abolish Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) because it failed its function to provide political training for the youth.

    “It does not serve the purpose for which it was created. We have not seen any benefits it has done to the nation,” Macalintal expressed.

    “Maybe it’s about time that Congress considers abolishing the Sangguniang Kabataan,” he added.

    The lawyer pointed out that some losing SK candidates are unwilling to accept defeat resorting them to file electoral protests while several youth council officials were already initiated in mismanaging the youth council budget.

    “They are no different anymore from regular politicians. It proves that there is no good training being given to them,” Macalintal said.

    Instead of holding the SK polls on October 28, Macalintal called on to the city and municipal officials to develop and strengthen their youth committees.

    “They should just designate one of their councilors to focus on helping the youth sector on how to develop their respective communities,” he elaborated.

    The SK elections was instituted by Chapter VIII of the Local Government Code of 1991. Youth leaders aged 15 to below 18 years old are being elected with one chairman and seven SK Kagawads.

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