To save public funds, senator and presidential bet Manny Pacquiao said he would push for the postponement of the December 2022 barangay elections.
“Unang una, mag-e-eleksyon tayo ngayong May 9. Magkano ang gagastusin ng gobyerno? Tapos mag-eeleksyon ulit tayo ng December, siguro mas malaki-laking pera ang gagastusin natin. Lalong lalaki pa ang gagastusin natin. Madadagdagdan lang ‘yung gastos natin,” Pacquiao said during a campaign sortie in Tarlac City.
“Alam mo naman, nasa period pa tayo ng recovery, hindi pa tayo nakare-recover. Sayang naman ‘yung more or less P8 billion na gagastusin natin for barangay elections,” he added.
Government funds can be reallocated to aid Filipinos affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and for the recovery of small and medium enterprises, Pacquiao said.
A bill has already been filed at the House of Representatives to postpone the barangay polls to May 2024. Ronald Espartinez