Hindi pahihintulutan ng mga senador ang ano mang pagtatangka na madaliin ang panukalang pag-amiyenda sa Saligang Batas at ipagpaliban muli ang barangay elections para sa ‘no-el’ no election scenario sa Mayo ng 2019 at palawigin ang termino ng mga nanunungkulan.
Nanindigan sina Senador Francis ‘Kiko’ Pangilinan at Senador Joel Villanueva na kung totoo man ang impormasyon ay kanila itong tututulan.
“I am told they want it in October to pave the way for no elections in May 2019 as well as term extensions for all incumbents. If this is true, we will oppose such a proposal,” pahayag ni Pangilinan.
“I am not aware of any move to rail road Charter change. If there is any, I will not support it as I believe constitutional amendment cannot be rushed. Hope we all learn from our history,” giit naman ni Villanueva.
Para naman kina Senador Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero, Senador Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson, Sr., at Senador Sonny Angara, dapat ituloy na ang barangay elections dahil ilang beses na itong naipagpapaliban.
“I’m not inclined to support yet another postponement of the barangay elections especially if the sole purpose is to accommodate a plebiscite for Charter change,” saad ni Lacson.
“From the debates on the last postponement of the barangay elections, it seemed many senators were quite resolute that it would be the last as far as the senate was concerned. Any subsequent postponement would entail some change of heart of sorts,” paliwanag ni Angara.
Hindi naman naniniwala ang mga lider ng Senado sa impormasyon.
“Malabo. I would be the first to know if that will happen. Filing na sa October ng candidacy,” giit ni Senate Majority Leader Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III.
“Never heard of that plan,” pahayag ni Senate Presidente Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel III.