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Sotto dismisses Alvarez’s remark that it’s ‘practical’ not to hold May 2019 midterm polls

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Senate President Vicente Sotto III dismissed Wednesday House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’s remark that it would be more “practical” not to hold the midterm elections in May 2019 for an easier transition to the proposed federal form of government.

Sotto said Congress needs to amend the 1987 Constitution in order to make that proposal possible.

“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!” he said in a message to reporters.

“The question is - are we willing to do that?” he added.

Earlier in the day, Alvarez said the series of events in the House's calendar for the next few months, including the President's third State of the Nation Address, budget deliberations, filing of the certificates of candidacy by October, the Christmas season, and the expected start of the campaign season by February next year, would make it hard for them to take up Charter change. 

But Sotto said it would be more difficult not to have elections.

“It’s difficult because we have to amend the Constitution to do that, Article VI Section 8 of the 1987 Constitution,” he said.

Asked when he and Alvarez would talk, Sotto said it depends on Alvarez.

“Kailan kami maguusap? Ask him,” he said. — Amita Legaspi/RSJ, GMA News

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