Duterte signs law moving barangay, SK elections to 2022

Robie de Guzman
A Filipino search for his name at the voters’ lists during the barangay election in Quezon City east suburban, Manila, Philippines, 25 October 2010.

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday signed a law postponing the May 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.

Duterte signed the Republic Act 11462 in a ceremony attended by lawmakers and members of his Cabinet in Malacañang.

Under the new measure, the originally scheduled local elections for May 2020 will be moved to Dec. 5, 2022.

This means that there would be two elections in 2022 — the presidential elections in May and the synchronized barangay and SK elections in December.

Incumbent barangay and SC officials will remain in office until their successors are elected in 2022.

Officials who will be elected in the 2022 elections will assume office on January 1, 2023.

After the 2022 polls, subsequent local elections will be held on the first Monday of December 2025 and every three years thereafter.

This is the third time that local polls are being deferred under the Duterte administration.

The latest postponement of barangay and SK elections was pushed by Duterte himself during his fourth State of the Nation Address last July.

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