Office of the Vice President
27 September 2017
Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday welcomed Congress’ decision to let current barangay officials stay in their posts as a consequence of the proposed postponement of elections to May 2018.
VP Leni said the consensus of both chambers a month before the supposed October 2017 polls puts to rest questions over the fate of the elections, following different pronouncements from officials in the past months.
She also pointed out that the holdover of barangay officials is in keeping with the country’s democratic processes.
“Natutuwa tayo na ganito iyong naging desisyon kasi natatakot tayo kapag nagdesisyon na appointment … parang kontra siya sa pinapaniwalaan natin na uri ng demokrasyang kailangang ipairal, lalong lalo na sa mga barangay,” she told reporters during her visit in Pili, Camarines Sur.
“Kung holdover, at least iyong mga nakaupo, sila pa din iyong pinili. Sila iyong may mandato ng taumbayan, sila iyong pinili sa kanilang mga barangay. At mas wala nang kalituhan,” she added.
VP Leni also maintained that cases should be filed against barangay officials with alleged drug links, instead of removing thousands of village leaders and appointing others in their stead.
Noting that the people must be the ones selecting their leaders, the Vice President earlier said appointments are dangerous, as those chosen may become beholden to the appointing authority.
“Ang barangay officials kasi na involved sa illegal drugs, dapat kasuhan. Hindi dapat hintayin iyong susunod na eleksyon para mapaalis siya, kasi mayroon namang mga remedies sa ilalim ng batas kung paano makakasuhan at paano matatanggal ang barangay official na gumagawa nang hindi maayos,” she said.