Surigao del Norte Congressman Robert Ace Barbers has filed a bill deferring the October 2017 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections to curtail the country’s drug problem.
“There is a need to postpone the 2017 Barangay Elections to rid barangays of officials linked to illegal drug operations. The barangay election was postponed last year for the very same reason, and obviously, we have yet to consider our communities drug-free. The drug problem begins at the grassroots level, therefore, this is where we should start cleansing,” said Barbers.
Barbers filed House Bill 5359 last March 22, calling for the postponement of the 2017 Barangay and SK elections until May 2020. Barbers also notes that prior to the elections, incumbent officials must be terminated in order to give way to a set of ‘untainted’ officers-in-charge that the President himself will appoint.
“Incumbent officials stand to enjoy extended term but fail to address the drug problem that our President has been seeking to exterminate since Day 1. We have given them another year, but the question is, have they proven themselves worthy to be called ‘leaders’ of a country that is dying to be freed from the shackles of illegal drugs? I don’t think so. That is why, I personally think that the smartest move would be to delay the elections once again and to appoint incorruptible officers-in-charge who will help us traverse the road to recovery—the road to a drug-free Philippines,” Barbers said. ###