Kiko backs ARMM polls deferment

March 28, 2011

Bernadette E. Tamayo
People’s Journal
March 26, 2011

SENATOR Francis Pangilinan supports the proposed measure at the House of Representatives postponing the elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao from August this year to 2013 since the three-year “hiatus” would allow electoral and political reforms in the region.

“While we recognize and respect the views of those who believe that the elections should push through, we believe that for the sake of genuine reforms in the ARMM, we must be willing to do things differently. Clearly we are left wanting in this failed political experiment,” Pangilinan said.

Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., chairman of the Senate committee on local government, said he might conduct a hearing on the proposed bill even though Congress is on a six-week break. The legislative body will resume session on May 9.

Asked how many hearings he needs to conduct, Marcos said: “At least three in the South and one more here in my estimation. I supposed one useful date to keep in mind would be the period for filing of certificates of candidacy. Once that period has begun, tuluy-tuloy na. Ang aking naririnig May 2. Ipit na talaga sa oras eh. But we still have to conduct hearings.”  

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