A reader submitted images of a bill, apparently filed by Senator Ramon Bong Revilla Jr.,

  1. seeking to postpone the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections, scheduled  for October 2013, to 2016;
  2. to synchronize the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections with the National and Local Elections; and
  3. to extend the terms of Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials to six years.

As of this writing, it has not been verified whether the COMELEC has officially been furnished with a copy of this bill, or whether such a bill has actually been filed.

Please note that, as a matter of sound policy, and in keeping with its role as implementor of election laws, the COMELEC leaves the wisdom of such proposals to Congress.

However, should Congress see fit to require a formal comment on this bill, the COMELEC stands ready to present such facts, statistics, and insight into the matter, as may be relevant to the decision making processes of our legislators.

 

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