Councilors block scrapping of SK

CITY COUNCILORS here are not in favor of abolishing the Sangguniang Kabataan.

Three councilors who started their political career as youth representatives aired their sentiments against the move to scrap the SK.

Two-termer councilor Halila Sudagar, a former SK representative to the city councilor who is now the Indigenous Peoples Mandatory representative, said that she disagreed with the comment of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez that the youth leaders would have less time to focus on either their government work or their studies.

Councilor April Marie Dayap, also a former youth representative to the city council who is now a second-district councilor on her third term, appealed to the national government to try out the reforms in the sector first, instead of instantly abolishing it.

Councilor Diosdado Mahipus, a veteran councilor who also started as a Kabataang Barangay representative, said that his years of experience with government work disproved the idea that the program was useless.

Council majority flood leader Bernard Al-ag said that SK representatives to the city council have been helpful in crafting measure favoring the youth.

Upon the request of Councilor Jimmy Dureza, the city council forwarded to the House of Representative its opposition to the scrapping of SK.

President Rodrigo Duterte, who headed the city council as the vice mayor in 2010-2013, said he was in favor of postponing the barangay elections, as the officials might be funded by drug money.

“You know why I agreed with some congressmen to postpone the barangay elections? You know why? Because I am afraid that the drug money will seep into the electoral process,” Duterte said.

The Commission on Elections, meanwhile, stopped the printing of ballots for this year’s planned barangay elections.

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