Trillanes believes current administration could delay 2022 national elections
On Wednesday, Senator Antonio Trillanes claims that he have reasons to believe that the current Duterte-administration could delay the 2022 national elections, as was done with the cancelled barangay elections scheduled originally this October 2016. In an interview with local news ANC’s Headstart, Trillanes said that the current administration “have been doing that with the proposed constitutional amendments to shift from unitary to federal form of government.”
“It’s likely that the 2022 elections for president would not happen because they can easily insert a transitory provision there allowing the incumbent president to be transition president until 2028 or forever.” The senator emphasized this is possible just like what happened apparently in 1987, regarding the Constitution having provisions “that allowed President Cory Aquino to continue her presidency without being elected.”
Last August, President Rodrigo Duterte said that he is in favor of postponing the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, amid fears that drug money will be used rampantly in the elections. Both houses of congress have voiced out their proposals on the postponement of the October polls, citing various compelling reasons for this. However, Speaker of the House Pantaleon Alvarez , would rather have both the positions for barangay kagawad and SK officials be removed from the polls. There were calls for the abolition of the Sanggunian Kabataan (SK) since 2013, when then Comelec commissioner Lucenito Tagle told reporters that the poll body was planning to ask Congress to scrap the program. For the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the SK program are nothing more than a “breeding ground for political dynasties and worse, of corrupt politicians. “We don’t see anything of importance that has been produced by the SK. We have many cases here where parents are the ones intervening in vote-buying and irregularities (in SK elections). Imagine at that age, that’s already [their] charge against each other. It shouldn’t be like that. They are being exposed to all of these things at an early stage. Get rid of the SK. First of all, we spend so much for the SK elections when only 2 million voters (aged 15 to just below 18) participate. The turnout is also low and there are no good results for the youth.”
Senator Leila de Lima cited that the proposed shift to federalism and the current anti-illegal drugs campaign of the Duterte administration as reasons for the poll postponement. Senator Joel Villanueva, said delaying the elections will give Comelec ample time to increase and improve voter turn-out. The Comelec have already scaled down its own preparations for the October elections once it became clear that Congress intends to postpone and reschedule the election with the President himself backing its position.