- Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Asec. Ana Marie Banaag announced in a press conference on Tuesday, October 18, that President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the executive order postponing the barangay and the SK elections this year
- According to Banaag, the signed law is being awaited by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, as it is still in transit, fro proper transmittal
- The postponement of the barangay and SK elections had almost been an expectation as the Commission on Election (COMELEC) had already stopped all preparations in September "in exercise of prudence"
Presidential Communications Office Asec. for Legal Affairs Ana Marie Rafael-Banaag had announced in a press conference on Tuesday, October 18, that President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the executive order (EO) that will cancel the twin Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections this year.
According to Banaag, the EO that will reset the Barangay and SK elections from October 31, 2016 to October 31, 2017 is still in transit and is yet to be received by Executive Sec. Salvador Medialdea for proper transmittal to the proper offices.
The President's "pronouncements" where he had expressed his agreement to the postponement of the twin elections, citing the high possibility of the candidates using drug money to fund their campaigns.
The Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno had also favored the postponement of the twin polls, as this "would give the administration more time to implement its infrastructure projects" which is usually stopped three months prior to an election.
The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) had earlier suspended all preparations for the Barangay and SK elections and released a resolution that says "all activities, including bidding and procurements," be stopped effective September 9, "in the exercise of prudence."
The decision to stop all prep activities for the twin polls came after the approval of the third and final reading from both the Senate and the House of Representatives.