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Senate panel pitches postponement of Oct. 28 SK election
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MANILA, Philippines – The Senate Committee on Local Government and Urban Planning said Tuesday it will recommend postponement of the Sangguniang Kabataan elections next month following consultations with various stakeholders, who are all unanimous in voting for deferment.

Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., said that when he sought to get a consensus on the positions of the national government agencies regarding the postponement of the Oct. 28 SK elections, these agencies as well as youth organizations all agreed a deferment would help provide time to institute reforms in the organization.

Serious, thoroughgoing reforms in the SK system have been pitched by some youth organizations who oppose the sweeping call for a simple abolition of the SK, long described as a "breeding ground" for future corrupt officials, and for the next generations of politicians building dynasties.

Sa hearing na natapos ngayon lang, mukhang lahat naman ay sang-ayon sa postponement kaya’t iyan ang aking irereport sa Senado [In today's hearing, it seemed everyone favored a postponement and that's what we will recommend in our report],” Marcos said.

Marcos said the report is now being prepared by the committee secretary and will be available in the plenary for final debate on Monday.

“Actually, my plan was to report this out today and tomorrow—I will get signatures [of members] then sponsor it on Monday. We are in a rush because we want to give Comelec time to plan out its options—should they prepare for SK elections or not,” Marcos explained, speaking partly in Filipino.

He hopes both houses of Congress would have approved the bicameral conference report by end of the month.

Attendees at Tuesday's hearing were representatives from the Department of Interior and Local Government, the SK Federation, the National Youth Commission.

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, former SK chairman, also attended and favored a postponement.

Marcos said that reforms will be tackled during the bicameral conference committee-- including its funding, role in the government decision-making process and other matters that affect the youth sector.