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(If brgy polls will be postponed) Speaker Alvarez recommends appointing only brgy chairmen

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House Speaker, Congressman Pantaleon Alvarez yesterday reiterated his support to President Rodrigo Duterte’s proposal to postpone once again the barangay elections in October, but said that he is recommending for the appointment of only barangay chairman for each barangay with no barangay kagawads.

Alvarez said that technically, the term of office of the present set of barangay leaders have already ended last year and they are only serving on a hold-over capacity.

He said, he supports the decision of Duterte to again cancel the barangay polls slated this October based from monitoring that at least 40 percent of the barangay officials all over the country are linked to illegal drugs.

“Technically tapos na ang term nila. If Congress passes a law for the appointment of barangay chairmen, puede yon. But for me, Sa akin lang, I propose only the barangay captains will be appointed, no more kagawads,” Alvarez emphasized during a press conference in Zamboanga City.

He said that if the barangay elections push through, barangay leaders who are linked to illegal drugs will have the chance of winning because they have money to buy votes.

Nearly a thousand people belonging to various sectors but mostly barangay officials took their oath as members of the PDP-Laban Party at the Royce convention hall of the Grand Astoria Hotel.

“Barangay leaders are qualified to join any party of their choice, but it does not mean they will have the right to be appointed if the barangay polls will be postponed,” Alvarez clarified. (Nonong Santiago)




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