Padilla seeks charter change referendum amid barangay, SK polls postponement

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 29) — Senator Robin Padilla plans to file a bill seeking a referendum that will coincide with the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.

Padilla, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes, said he sees an opportunity to conduct a referendum to ask the Filipinos’ take on amending the Constitution.

“Gusto kong ipaalam sa ating lupon na ako ay magpapasa ng panukala na kung tayo po ay pwedeng sumabay sa eleksyon na ito para tanungin ang taumbayan,” he said.

[Translation: I want to let the Senate know that I intend to pass a bill seeking a referendum that will coincide with the barangay and SK elections to consult the people.]

“Gumawa na po tayo ng referendum at tanungin na natin sila…Tingnan po natin kung kailangan nang baguhin ang Saligang Batas,” he added.

[Translation: Let us conduct a referendum and ask them…let us see if we need to change the Constitution.]

Padilla also said he asked Senate minority leader Koko Pimentel III about the matter and was told that a referendum was feasible.

Padilla and Pimentel opposed the postponement of the barangay and SK elections scheduled on Dec. 5.

The Senate on Wednesday ratified a bicameral conference committee report for the postponement of barangay and SK elections to December 2023.

Padilla earlier disclosed his plan to consult local government officials and indigenous groups about proposals to amend the Constitution.