Longer term sought for barangay execs

September 25, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgRecto said in a statement over the weekend that his proposed Senate measure has its “pros and cons,” but he stressed the “habit” of scrapping barangay polls must be scrapped. “The important thing is that we should now begin looking into a longer term for barangay officials, in the hope that its length would serve as a deterrent to schemes to postpone elections,” he added. “We have postponed the barangay elections six times since 1988. The proposed scrapping of the one scheduled in May 2020 will be the 7th. If it pushes through, it will be the 3rd under the Duterte administration, and the first three-peat of its kind in history,” Recto said. MANILA – To prevent the repeatedpostponement of barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, SenatePresident Pro Temporate Ralph Recto has proposed a longer term for barangayofficials. Recto also pointed out that if not for his proposal, the next presidents after President Rodrigo Duterte could possibly “succumb to the national bad habit of scrapping barangay polls.”center_img Recto made the call as the  Senateis set to pass on third and final reading a bill postponing the barangay and SKpolls from May next year to Dec. 5, 2022. “Admittedly, this proposal has its pros and cons; the bottom line is that in governance, whatever the office, a shorter term for a bad official is too long, while a longer term for a good official is too short,” Recto said. “That was the refrain in 1988, 1989, 2002, 2005, 2016, and 2017. Ang never again naging let me try again,” he added. “The result is an elastic term of office for our barangay officials, longer than what they should get.”/PNlast_img read more

Belotti scores twice as Italy beat Liechtenstein

September 19, 2020 0 Comments

first_img(REUTERS)-Andrea Belotti scored twice as Italy made light work of Liechtenstein in their World Cup qualifier yesterday, scoring four first-half goals on the way to a 4-0 win.Ciro Immobile and Antonio Candreva were also on target as Italy stayed level with Spain at the top of European Group G. Both teams have 10 points from four games although Spain lead on goal difference.Italy were quick off the mark when Alessio Romagnoli headed down a corner and Belotti turned the ball in from close range in the 11th minute. Belotti turned supplier one minute later when he headed a long pass forward into the path of Immobile who ran on and thumped his shot past Peter Jehle.Italy, playing with a new 4-4-2 formation, sliced their way through the home defence and Candreva turned in the third in the 32nd minute after Mattia De Sciglio pulled the ball back from the byline.Belotti had a backheeled goal disallowed but was not to be denied and added Italy’s fourth one minute before halftime when he ran onto Giacomo Bonaventura’s chipped pass over the back and scored from a narrow angle.Italy continued to dominate in the second half but the final pass repeatedly let them down to the clear frustration of coach Giampiero Ventura on the touchline. Liechtenstein stayed bottom of the group after their fourth straight defeat.last_img read more