- Earlier, Rep. Mikey Arroyo suggested postponing the 2022 elections due to the COVID-19 threat
- However, the Malacañang rejected this call and said that the country still has two years to prepare
- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque explained that the postponement of the election would require constitutional changes
- He also warned not to use the global health crisis as a ground to cancel the 2022 elections
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The Malacañang has rejected the call to suspend the elections in 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
KAMI learned that the Palace said not to use the global pandemic as a ground to cancel the elections.
As posted by Manila Bulletin on Facebook, Malacañang has commented over the possibility to postpone the upcoming elections.
In a Facebook post by GMA News, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque explained that the postponement of elections in 2022 would require constitutional changes.
He also explained that the elections are still in two years and the country has enough time to prepare.
As reported by Inquirer (authored by Krissy Aguilar), Roque said that the Philippines can learn from the United States on how to have polls amid the COVID-19 crisis.
He also mentioned not to use the pandemic crisis as a reason to cancel the elections because it would not sit well with the people.
As stated in the 1987 Constitution, the national elections have a fixed date and it should happen every second Monday of May.
Earlier, Pampanga 2nd District Rep. Mikey Arroyo suggested to postpone the elections in 2022 because of the COVID-19 threat and said that old people are scared to vote.
Some celebrities slammed the proposal of Arroyo. Kean Cipriano, Gretchen Ho, Nikki Valdez, and Jason Abalos shared their opinion regarding this matter.
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