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BY PRINCE GOLEZ Manila Reporter

MANILA – As long as there is a “time frame,” Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano said, he is open to postponing the upcoming Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) election.

The postponement should only be until summer next year, Cayetano told Panay News after conducting a medical mission and rice distribution in Pasay City.

The senator visited the area to reach out to more than 300 families, or 1,000 to 1,500 beneficiaries affected by a fire that destroyed 250 houses and a public school.

“If you postpone it to 2016, that’s not postponement but extension of term already,” he pointed out.

Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. previously filed Senate Bill 1186 to cancel the SK election scheduled this October 28 and move it to 2016.

Members of the institution have become “politicized” and “susceptible to dishonesty” especially in using public funds, according to Marcos.

Cayetano said both the Senate and the House of Representatives should be able to phase in reforms in the youth institution should it see postponement.

“I have concerns for the age. A good age is around 16 to 21 years old. Those around 20 to 21 are more capable to demonstrate leadership,” Cayetano said.

The Senate leader has worked with SK for 15 years when he served as a council member in 1992.

Sen. JV Ejercito Estrada said he will file a bill to enforce reforms on parts where the SK has imperfections.

Ejercito Estrada further said the abolition of SK won’t solve the problems in the system.

“To breed better politicians, we should have better quality leaders from our youth who should take a proactive approach in these reforms. We cannot give up on our youth now,” Ejercito Estrada said./PN