By Mike U. Crismundo
Butuan City – The holding of the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections 2017 (BSKE 2017) that was supposed to take place in Mindanao next month was postponed to a later date by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) due to the prevailing martial law in Mindanao.
Martial law is in effect in the whole Mindanao region until December 31, 2017.
Mindanao is under martial rule following the breakout of violence in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur after a so-called Islamic State-inspired group tried to take over the town and establish a province in the island of 22 million people.
Lawyer Francisco Pobe, regional director of the Commission on Elections (Comelec 13), stressed that the main consideration to postpone the election next month is due to martial law in Mindanao.
Under the promulgated resolution by the poll body recently, the BSKE, 2017 in Mindanao has been postponed, citing the existence of “lawless violence and rebellion which formed the basis for the declaration of martial law in the area,” Atty. Pobe said.