Shelve barangay elections or appoint barangay officials

President Rodrigo Duterte

Once more the country faces a dilemma on whether or not the barangay elections are to proceed in October this year after it has been postponed in October 2016.

If the decision were left to ordinary politicians, and more so those belonging to the opposition, definitely the clamor to proceed is deafening as it has been today for the simple reason that the voters have already been deprived of their rights to choose their leaders.

Unfortunately the traditional politicians mentioned above have to contend with somebody who is not only an unconventional politician but the president of the country who knows whereof he speaks because he has the voluminous intelligence reports in his possession that potentially show the danger of his determined war against illegal drugs being derailed and jeopardized.

The stark difference between the arguments of those advocating for the holding of elections in October 2017 and the reservations made by President Rodrigo Duterte against it is that while the typical politicians only think about the rights of the voters, Duterte has the welfare of the country and well-being of the Filipino people foremost in his mind, which is to say a long term commitment of his presidency that he wants to see succeeding.

Duterte could not have been more emphatic in his resolve to win his war against illegal drug as when he gave a speech recently before the first general assembly of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines saying that he did not want the barangay elections held this year due to the purported influence of drug money in the elections.

His statement was simply a reverberation of what he has been telling everybody during his visits all over the country, saying, “Narco-politics has entered the mainstream of Philippine politics.”

It is in this frightening backdrop that President Duterte wishes that a law be created giving him the mandate to appoint the over 42,000 barangay officials nationwide instead of having them elected in October as scheduled.

In as much as Duterte has in his possession the verified information about the deep-rooted involvement in illegal drugs of many barangay officials then it is only right and just that he be given the authority to appoint those unsullied and exemplary individuals to head the barangays if only to insure that, like illegal drug trades, corruption and criminality will also be stopped.

This exceptional mandate could only redound to the benefit of the country and the Filipino people.

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3 comments on “Shelve barangay elections or appoint barangay officials

  1. Luisito A. Ordonez says:

    In case of postponement and appointment of Barangay Officials shall take place, I would suggest that those appointive must require to undergo drug test. Result of which shall determine their acceptance to the position or not. This is to safeguard the entry of drug user in the lower branch of our government.

  2. Luisito A. Ordonez says:

    This I think one preventive measure or gradual way to cleanse the government from unscrupulous public officials who enjoys drug money out of their sworn duties.

  3. Luisito A. Ordonez says:

    President Duterte’s war on drugs is the most effective way of reducing and controlling the spread of corruption and anomalous practices in our government and society. These illegal drugs truly destroys not only the health condition of the Filipino people but likewise the future of our generation and next. It must by all means stop before the lives of others ended.

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