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Better vote next year! Duterte defers barangay, SK polls

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President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into a law a measure postponing the upcoming Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to 2018.

Under Republic Act (RA) No. 10952 signed into law by Duterte on October 2, the barangay and SK elections will happen on the second Monday of May 2018.

“Subsequent synchronized barangay and sangguniang kabataan elections shall be held on the second Monday of May 2020 and every three (3) years thereafter,” the law stated.

Due to the postponement of elections, RA 10952 mandates all incumbent barangay and SK officials to remain in office until the next barangay election unless sooner removed or suspended for cause.

A continuing appropriation of about P6. 09-billion will be set aside exclusively for the conduct of the Barangay and SK registration and election in May 2018.

As for the SK fund, it will be used solely for youth development and empowerment programs as provided in RA No. 10742, or the “Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act of 2015”.

Duterte had said he wanted to postpone the barangay elections because the candidates who will win are those backed by drug traders.