MANILA, February 19, 2018–PPCRV chairperson Rene Sarmiento said another suspension of the elections, which was originally set in 2016, is no longer reasonable and would deny citizens of their right to suffrage.
“Postponement of elections done with frequency may become a habit and it will not be good for the Philippines and democracy,” Sarmiento said.
“Heaven forbid that postponement of elections becomes a habit and a habit our destiny,” he said.
The former poll commissioner asserted that electoral exercise must be done with regularity under a democratic process.
“Periodic election is a must to give the electorate an opportunity to retain performing elective public officials and repudiate the non-performers,” Sarmiento said.
“Grassroots democracy thru barangay elections is a must for local good governance and there is no substitute,” he added.
Leaders of the House of Representatives earlier said they want another suspension of the May 14 elections following the government’s talk on the amendment of the 1987 elections.
House Justice Committee chair Rey Umali said that the plebiscite for a new Constitution is better if done simultaneously with the May 2018 barangay and youth polls. CBCPNews