CLARK FREEPORT -- Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III described the postponement of the village elections as constitutional, which was supposedly held last October 2016.
Pimentel issued the statement to Pampanga-based newsmen during the formal inauguration of the $4 billion Midori Hotel and Casino, Clark’s first five-star hotel.
Legislators are studying the constitutionality of the proposal to appoint village officials following the postponement of the village elections, according to Pimentel.
“Well, ang barangay elections pag-aaralan natin ng mabuti. Kapag constitutional sya to postpone and then to appoint. Yung postpone, constitutional yon to postpone. Ang inaaral natin kung constitutional ba yung to appoint. Kapag mayroon kaming agreement sa mga mambabatas na constitutional sya, wala na sigurong problema,” Pimentel said.
If the lawmakers feel that the appointment of village officials is unconstitutional, they are still open for the postponement of the village elections, according to the senator.
In this case, Pimentel said the term of the incumbent village leaders will be extended for another year or until the elections is set.
“Ang problema kung ang feeling naming ay hindi sya constitutional then open parin kami sa postponement but we have to lengthen again the terms of the incumbents,” he said.
The legislators should determine the constitutionality of the appointment of the barangay officials before October this year, according to Pimentel.
“Before October yan so susubukan namin ngayong Mayo pero kapag hindi, kakayanin pa naman sa August session,” he said.
Published in the SunStar Pampanga newspaper on May 03, 2017.
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