Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
A formal move has been made in the Senate for the postponement of the election of Sangguniang Kabataan members by the Senate Committee on local governments. This was probably also due to the bill filed by a senator seeking the postponement.
No less than the Chairman of the Commission on Election himself is apparently not objecting to the move and, in fact, if he had his own way, Chairman Sixto Brilliantes would rather have the white elephant known as the SK scrapped altogether. This is not the first time he has aired such a view and he is not the only official, among both the appointive and elective ones, who think so.
Brilliantes has other reasons, aside from the known unpopularity of this body, an offshoot of one created under the infamous Marcos administration and its equally despised Martial Law, that was headed by the eldest Marcos child. Somehow, succeeding dispensations had continued with the organization, probably thinking that giving it another name would make it more functional.
Alas, a strong perception about the SK is that it has become a training ground for corruption and questionable practices among the young people elected to it. Their elections, too, are marred by intensive campaigns under the direction and support of real and traditional politicians, virtually teaching them the tricks of the trade early in their lives.
Another negative factor Brilliantes pointed out is that this election, if it pushes through, would also cost the government about P80 million. That is a hefty amount that could go to other expenses for the improvement of the election process. Another move is to hold the SK election in October 2014. Perhaps that will give some time, if not to finally scrap the SK, at least to put in amendments to the law creating it that will make it live up to what is supposed to do, and disabuse the minds of the young ones seeking election, of the evil practices traditional politicians expose them to.*