Alvarez supports Rody’s calls to cancel barangay elections

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House Speaker and Davao Del Norte 1st District Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez is supportive of President Rodrigo Duterte ‘s call to cancel barangay officials this October and instead just appoint highly qualified individuals to the said positions.

The Chief Executive made this statement in a bid to stamp out narcopolitics in the country.

The politiko said Duterte’s plan to appoint leaders of over 42,000 barangays is possible through a legislation amending the Local Government Code without violating the Constitution.

“Well, wala akong problema diyan at suportado ko ang ating Pangulo diyan dahil napaka-valid po noong reason, dahil tama yun, majority of the barangay officials are involved in illegal drugs, nagagamit ito,” the Davao Del Norte solon stressed.

“Kinakailangan po ng legislation diyan para magbigay ng kapangyarihan sa Comelec na huwag ituloy yung election ,” he added.

Alvarez said the necessary amendment can be proposed and tackled when Congress resumes session on May 2.

President Duterte had admitted that his plan to appoint barangay officials to fill the vacant posts would be “quite messy” because incumbent barangay officials would likely oppose the move.

According to the President, the first requirement for a barangay officer-in-charge nominee is that they should not have any connections at all with rebels. Second, is that they are not into drugs, and lastly, they are not really leaders of politicians.

The President said he would accept nominations from the Catholic Church, from Islam leaders, religious denominations and other organizations.