Senate OKs postponement of barangay, SK polls

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 27) — The Senate has approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to postpone the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections slated this December.

During Tuesday's plenary session, 17 senators voted in favor of the measure which reschedules the polls to December 2023.

Two lawmakers — Senate Minority Leader Koko Pimentel and Deputy Minority Leader Risa Hontiveros — voted against the proposal.

"Magastos talaga ang demokrasya (Democracy is expensive), but this is a price the Filipinos should be willing to pay," Pimentel said.

The proposed measure also sets the next barangay and SK polls to 2026, and every three years thereafter.

The House of Representatives passed their counterpart version of the bill last week.

The Commission on Elections earlier said it was ready to hold the elections this year, noting that additional funds may be needed should the postponement push through.

CNN Philippines Correspondent Eimor Santos contributed to this report.