Friday Apr, 12 2024 11:10:20 PM

Caritas PH backs petition to nullify law deferring village polls

GOVERNANCE/POLITICS • 04:45 AM Sun Oct 23, 2022
661
By: 
CBCP
Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo, Caritas Philippines national director.

Caritas Philippines, the Catholic Church’s social action arm, is supporting a petition to strike down the law that mandated the postponement of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.

Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo, its national director, said they remain opposed to the move as it undermines the importance of the poll exercise.

“Postponing the barangay election for the third time since 2016 reflects how our national political leaders undermine the importance of barangay-level politics in the exercise of our democratic rights,” Bagaforo said.

The prelate made the statement as the Supreme Court tackles a petition questioning the constitutionality of delaying the village polls to October 2023.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr on Thursday insisted that it is within the powers of Congress to postpone the elections as evident by the similar postponements in recent years.

Marcos earlier signed Republic Act No. 11935 that postpones the polls from December 5, 2022 to the last Monday of October next year.

This is already the second straight postponement of the barangay elections as it was originally set to be held in May 2020 but was moved to December 2022.

It may also be recalled that prior to the 2018 village polls, it was also postponed twice, with the original schedule in 2016 being moved to 2017, and again to 2018.

2 kasapi ng Highway Patrol Unit sa BARMM, naaresto dahil sa kasong extortion sa Cotabato City

MAGKAIBANG kaso ang kakaharapin ng dalawang pulis na kasapi ng Regional Highway Patrol Unit - BAR matapos silang maaresto sa entrapment operation ng...

Archdiocese of Cotabato announces demise of Fr. Joevany Centina, DCC

It is with utmost sadness that the Archiocese of Cotabato and the clergy announce the death of Fr. JOEVANY R. CENTINA, DCC, the parish priest of the...

SACLEO: PRO-12 arrests 71 wanted persons, seizes P1.5-M shabu

KORONADAL CITY – Seventy-one wanted persons with warrants of arrest issued by various local courts were arrested during the daylong Simultaneous...

Supporters of DavNor Gov. Jubahib blocked capitol

DAVAO CITY - Supporters of Davao del Norte Gov. Edwin Jubahib continued barricading the gate of the provincial capitol against the police who handed...

Lalaki, naaresto ng PNP sa paglabag sa election gun ban sa Pigcawayan, North Cotabato

COTABATO CITY - Inaresto ng PNP ang isang 25-anyos na lalaki matapos lumabag sa ipinatutupad na Comelec gun ban sa Castor Street, Brgy. Poblacion 2,...