Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Wednesday shot down a suggestion by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to postpone next year’s mid-term election to give time for legislators to focus on finalizing the bill on a federal system of government.
According to Sotto, postponing next year’s midterm elections for a smooth transition to a federal system is not as simple as Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez makes it out to be.
“That can only be possible if we will be able to amend all pertinent laws mandating elections on the second Monday of May every three years,” Sotto said in a report in the Inquirer.
House of Representatives Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said Wednesday it would be more “practical” to postpone the 2019 midterm elections to pave the way for the transition to a federal form of government.
But in his home province of Davao del Norte, there is a different reason why the Speaker, who represents the first congressional district, wants next year’s election postponed: Alvarez’s reelection is facing doom.