by Hannah Torregoza
Senator Paolo “Bam” Aquino IV yesterday urged the youth to stamp down any further calls for the postponement of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections scheduled this October.
Aquino made the call following a renewed announcement to postpone the SK elections, reiterating that Republic Act No. 10742 or the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Reform Act is already in place.
“Tama na ang walong (Let’s stop the eight) postponements! Let’s roll out the new and improved SK and start developing better public servants for a better future,” Aquino said in a statement.
The Commission on Election (Comelec) has called on Congress to decide on whether to postpone the SK elections to avoid wasting government funds for the preparation.
Sought for comment, Senator Sonny Angara, chair of the Senate committee on local government said the Senate would discuss the proposal once Congress resumes session on July 24.
“We probably need to discuss it either in committee or in a caucus, but given it’s a recess, it would be difficult to discuss because some senators are abroad,” Angara said.
Aquino was one of the senators who opposed the postponement of the Barangay and SK elections.
Aquino noted that more young Filipinos are joining the national conversation, taking to the streets to air their grievances and using social media to voice out their opinion and stand on matters of national importance.
“The SK is an opportunity to go beyond the streets, beyond social media and really work on programs to change their communities for the better,” said the senator who is a former chairman of the National Youth Commission (NYC).
Aquino, who pushed the law’s passage as co-author and co-sponsor of the measure said the new and improved SK will give the youth a chance to contribute to the development of the country and emerge as better public servants in the future.