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If barangay polls moved due to drugs, election best solution —analyst

The proliferation of drugs at the community level can be addressed through an election, a political analyst argued on Thursday.

"If reason given for polls postponement is drugs, election is the best solution," Institute for Political and Electoral Reform executive director Ramon Casiple said during the Senate Committee on Electoral Reforms hearing on the proposed postponement of the Barangay and Sanguniang Kabataan polls in October this year.

"Let people in barangay decide on this," Casiple said.

Casiple made the statement after Senator Richard Gordon raised the issue that illegal drug trade is controlled by some "tainted" barangay officials and can easily influence the elections.

During the hearing, Senator Franklin Drilon also expressed opposition to the postponement of community and youth polls in October.

"We hold the view that for democracy to flourish, there must be regular renewal of mandate of leaders," Drilon said. — BM, GMA News