Senator Jinggoy Estrada on Tuesday urged the Senate leadership to direct the immediate conduct of hearings on bills seeking to postpone the 2022 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) in December.
During the day’s Senate plenary session, Estrada mentioned that he has filed a bill on the postponement of the 2022 BSKE but only the measure filed by Senator Francis Escudero has been referred to the Senate electoral reforms and people’s participation committee.
“May I suggest that the chairman of the appropriate committee where it (bill) was referred to act on this bill immediately since the Comelec (Commission on Elections) will have time to prepare,” Estrada said.
“If we approve of the postponement of the barangay and SK elections, then the Comelec will not prepare anything, but if we disapprove, and if we continue to have the barangay and SK elections, then the Comelec has time to prepare,” he added.
Senate Majority Floor Leader Joel Villanueva expressed support to Estrada’s manifestation and informed the body that the Senate electoral reforms and people’s participation committee has already been organized with Senator Imee Marcos as its chairperson. -Hana Bordey/GMA