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Joint resolution moving barangay, SK polls set

The House of Representatives and Senate have agreed to adopt a joint resolution, instead of passing a measure, to fasttrack the postponement of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

Citizens Battle Against Corruption party-list Rep. Sherwin Tugna, chairman of the House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms, said Congress will likely adopt a joint resolution as relayed by House Majority Floor Leader and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo “Rudy” Fariñas to him upon the instruction of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

He said Alvarez and Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel Jr. are both pushing for the adoption of a joint resolution to expedite the legal process, acknowledging the urgency to postpone the October 31 polls.

“I was told that passing or adopting a joint resolution will be the best option as this would shortcut the process.

This is another legal process that has the same effect like passing an ordinary law,” Tugna, a lawyer, said.

In a separate interview, Fariñas said they will file a joint resolution today, August 30, in response to President Duterte’s call to reschedule the barangay and SK polls so that money for the polls will be allocated for the establishment of drug rehabilitation and treatment centers. (Charissa M. Luci)