Statement of Presidential Spokesperson Lacierda on postponement of ARMM elections


Statement of Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda:
On the vote of the Senate for the postponement of the ARMM elections and its synchronization with the National Elections in 2013
[Released on June 7, 2011]
The administration welcomes the decision of the Senate to support the postponement of the ARMM elections. The Senate vote for the passage of SB No. 2756 is a great step toward systemic reform in the region.
Beyond that, the vote also signifies the willingness of our leaders to join the people in the straight and righteous path toward genuine, meaningful change. Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile demonstrated stalwart leadership, as did Senator Franklin M. Drilon in shepherding this bill through the halls of the Senate.
The administration has always maintained that only through synchronization can true democracy—unencumbered by patronage and transactional politics—be felt in the ARMM where the people have been denied a chance at a dignified life. Now that the bill has been passed in the Senate, we can look forward to the implementation of wider-ranging reforms to enable the people’s voice to be truly heard. May this mark the dawn of development efforts taking root in the region, where progress for the benefit of all—and not merely for the powerful few—is achieved.