Voting 20-2, the Senate yesterday approved on third and final reading a bill that seeks to postpone the upcoming October 2016 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to give way to much-needed reforms that would improve the institutions’ ability to serve its constituents.
Senate Bill No. 1112, primarily sponsored and authored by Senate Committee on Local Government Chairman, Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, and co-authored by Senators Leila de Lima, Alan Peter Cayetano, Loren Legarda, Joel Villanueva, Cynthia Villar and Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri, was the first bill to be approved for the 17th Congress.
Senate minority leader Ralph Recto and Sen. Risa Hontiveros were the only ones who voted ‘no’ to barangay and SK polls postponement. (Hannah Torregoza)