Pabillo hoping for enforcement of holdover policy among concurrent barangay officials

MANILA — A Catholic prelate is hoping that the holdover policy will be implemented instead of appointing barangay officials once Congress passed a law postponing the October 31st polls.

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said there was a disadvantage in the appointing process since the appointing party may only choose their party mates.

“Holdover na lang kasi kapag mag appoint hindi naman si President Duterte ang mag appoint kung hindi mga local government units (LGUs). Ang iaappoint nila dyan mga kakampi nila,” he noted.

However, the Catholic prelate admitted that he has no knowledge on the law regarding the term of office of village officials.

“Hindi ko alam ‘yan batas na ‘yan. Pero hindi ba ilang beses naman nangyaring postponed and Barangay elections. Ano nangyari doon? Wala naman inappoint, holdover lang,” he said.

At the same time, Pabillo pushed for the abolition of the SK, noting that it is only a training for corruption.

“Kasi training ‘yan sa mga corruption e. Wala naman nangyari sa SK. Kinocorrupt lang mga kabataan diyan nagsisimula,” he added.

The priest is not also convinced on the reforms in the SK law, particularly the provision to stop political dynasty.

“Isa lang naman ang political dynasty meron pa iba pangungurap sa mga kabataan,” Pabillo said.

Last week, the Senate and House of Representatives passed on final reading their respective versions of the bill postponing village and youth polls.

Both Houses of Congress want to reset the October 31st elections to October 2017. PNA –