IN PHOTOS: All systems go for barangay, SK elections 2018

IN PHOTOS: All systems go for barangay, SK elections 2018

LeAnne Jazul

Monday's elections will be the first in 5 years for the barangays and in 8 years for the Sangguniang Kabataan

MANILA, Philippines – After 5 years and two postponements, it’s all systems go for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections on Monday, May 14.

More than one million Filipinos filed their certificates of candidacy for positions in more than 42,000 barangays across the country. About 684,785 candidates are running for barangay seats, while 386,206 are running for SK posts.

Monday’s elections will be the first in 5 years for the barangays and in 8 years for the SK after several laws were passed to postpone the polls. Since 2013, village officials have overstayed, while the youth posts have been vacant since 2013, when the terms of SK members elected in 2010 ended.

The 2018 elections will test the implementation of the anti-dynasty provision – the first in the country – found in Republic Act 10742 or the SK Reform Act. (OPINION: Practical questions on the Sangguniang Kabataan law’s anti-dynasty provision)

According to the Local Government Code, the barangay is the basic political unit in the Philippines which “serves as the primary planning and implementing unit of government policies, plans, programs, projects, and activities in the community, and as a forum wherein the collective views of the people may be expressed, crystallized, and considered, and where disputes may be amicably settled.” 

The same code also states that the SK is a council that is supposed to initiate programs and fund-raising activities for the youth in the barangay, among other things.

Here are some of the highlights from the election period which started last April 14, in photos:

BACK TO BASICS. Workers repaint old ballot boxes inside the COMELEC warehouse in Port Area, Manila on April 12, 2018 in prepration for the May 14 polls. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

FIRST DAY. Aspirants crowd the Comelec Manila office to file their Certificate of Candidacy on April 14, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

EXTENSION. Citing the 'low turnout' of aspirants filing certificates of candidacy for barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan posts, the Comelec have to extend the filing for another day. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

SIMULATION. Around a hundred voters participated in the mock polls at the Rosauro Almario Elementary School in Tondo on April 21, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

NARCO LIST. Four days before the campaign period, The PDEA released a list of more than 200 barangay officials who are allegedly linked to the drug trade. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

CHECKPOINT. Weeks before the campaign period, election-related killings had been reported in several areas – like in Antipolo City, Samar, and Basilan. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

GAME ON. Attention-grabbing posters, informing or entertaining, legal or not, plaster every nook and crannies at the start of the campaign period. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PUBLIC DARE. Around 200 candidates undergo drug tests on May 8, 2018 in Cubao, Quezon City, after PNP chief Oscar Albayalde challenged the aspirants to clear themselves of any suspicion of links to illegal drugs. Photo by Raffy Taboy/Rappler

CHARGING NARCO OFFICIALS. Two days before the polls, PDEA Director Ismael Fajardo Jr. and DILG Usec. Martin Dino led the filing of administrative and criminal charges against Barangay officials at the Ombudsman. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

FINAL PUSH. Children join the adults on the last day of the campaign period. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

ALL SYSTEMS GO. Election officers arrange official ballots and ballot boxes at the Araullo High School in Manila on May 12, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

– Rappler.com

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