MANILA—Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Monday filed a bill extending the terms of incumbent village and youth leaders.
"Mga barangays natin ang pinaka-frontline ng ating gobyerno sa paghahatid ng serbisyo at sa kampanya natin laban sa iligal na droga at kriminalidad," he said.
"Kaya dapat lang na mabigyan natin sila ng sapat na panahon upang makapagpatupad ng kani-kanilang mga programa at proyekto sa kanilang mga nasasakupan."
Go said he wants to move the synchronized elections scheduled in May 2020 to October 2022, which will extend the term of office of current barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials to 4 years.
"Hindi naman po kasalanan ng mga barangay officials ang postponement ng nakaraang eleksiyon. Anong magagawa nila sa 2 taon? Papaano nila maipapatupad ng buo ang mga gusto nilang programa? Ito po ang dahilan kaya gusto ko itong i-extend," he said.
Republic Act 10952, which was approved on Oct. 2, 2017, postponed the Oct. 23, 2017 synchronized polls to the second Monday of May 2018.
It also states that the next elections shall be held on May 2020, reducing the terms of candidates who won the May 2018 elections to only 2 terms, instead of 3 years as mandated by the previous law.