UPDATE: Secretary Ed Ermita clarified that the President isn’t postponing the elections. He says that, despite the certification of urgency, the decision to postpone is ultimately for Congress to make.
The President has certified as urgent, the House Bill seeking the postponement of the Barangay and SK elections.
That’s all over the news. I’m repeating it here for the purpose of clarifying the mess of misinterpretations and wrong conclusions spawned by that bit of news: the President’s certification DOES NOT postpone the B&SK elections. At most, it probably means that the President is in favor of postponement.
Which means, further, that the Senate still has to bestir itself to act on the postponement proposal, bring their version of the Bill to a bicam conference with the House, harmonize the two versions, finalize the bill, and have the President sign it. All in a matter of twenty-six days.
What effect does the President’s certification have on the COMELEC’s preparations? None, whatsoever. Until a law is passed, the COMELEC will continue its preparations for the B&SK elections. So, if you think about it, the sooner this issue is resolved on way or the other, the better for all of us.