Barrio, SK polls good as reset

The administration and its allies in Congress aired negative forecasts that the conduct of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections by the end of October as an unnecessary distraction that would harm the momentum in its comprehensive war against illegal drugs.

Authorities also fear that drugs money might be used to influence the outcome of the barangay elections that will compromise the fidelity of the grassroots officials in stamping out the drugs menace.

Barangay officials have been largely willing and effective in providing the Philippine National Police and Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency with valuable information that helped neutralize hundreds of hard core pushers, users and drug lords.

With this in mind, the administration is willing to postpone the conduct of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on October 2016 to next year 2017 not only to focus its resources to fighting drugs but also to institute reforms that will lessen the alleged wastage of government funds in maintaining a full Council and SK officials who collect honoraria but do little work, if at all.

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