Barangay and SK Election

Election period for 2018 village, youth council polls begin

The Commission on Election (COMELEC) formally announced on April 14 the start of barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK; commonly translated as village youth council) election period.

The start of the election period also opened the filing of the certificate of candidacy (COC), which will last until April 20.

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A gun ban also took effect on April 14. The said gun ban is considered one of the safeguards of peace and order every election period.

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Aside from the uniformed men of the Philippine National Police (PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), no one will be allowed to carry firearms in public. This ban covers even those with a license to carry firearms.

The COMELEC will issue an authorization for legitimate law enforcers who carry firearms on duty. Those who are not covered by this privilege of carrying firearms during the ban are required to file a request for an exemption at the COMELEC Committee on the Ban of Firearms and Security Personnel (CBFSP).

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However, the April 14 announcement did not signal the start of the campaign period. The campaign period will only begin on May 4.

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About Arli Joshua Atienza

Arli Joshua Atienza is a native of Bataan, an English teacher by profession, and a passionate member of Clark’s Jewish community. He began his career in journalism since his high school days. It culminated when he joined his college’s radio station and news publication. Now, he works as a journalist at KLIPP TV.