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PPCRV: ‘Legitimate’ reason needed to reset barangay polls

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A “legitimate” reason is needed to push through with a plan to postpone the barangay elections this year, Church-backed poll watchdog Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting said.

PPCRV chairman and former elections commissioner Rene Sarmiento said regular elections are needed for the accountability of elected officials who need fresh mandates.

“For reasons that are legitimate, I see no reason why barangay elections be not postponed, as was done a number of times in the past. (But) Congress should hold hearings to determine the gravity and its impact on barangay elections,” he said.

For its part, the National Movement for Free Elections disagreed with President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to reset the barangay elections because of alleged involvement of drug money.

“Postponing elections undermine a democratic process instituted to ensure every individual citizen’s right to choose their leaders and make them accountable,” Namfrel Secretary General Eric Alvia said.

Earlier, Duterte said he wants appointees instead of elected barangay officials.