Sen. Bam Aquino opposed a possible no-election scenario in 2019 due to the planned shift of government to federal form, saying allowing people to select the leaders they want is essential to democracy.
"Ang pagboto ay bahagi ng ating demokrasya. Mahalaga na magkaroon ng tsansa ang mga tao na iboto ang mga lider na gusto nila," said Sen. Bam in a television interview.
Sen. Bam emphasized that the midterm election should push through, saying it will serve as an auditing of the first three years of the current administration and currently elected officials, whether campaign promises are fulfilled or not.
"Dumadaan tayo sa mga prosesong iyan dahil demokrasya tayo. Mahalaga na mayroon tayong eleksiyon. Mahalaga na mayroon tayong paraan upang makapagsalita ang taumbayan kung ano ang gusto nila," said Sen. Bam.
On the possibility of a term extension, Sen. Bam responded that this would self-serving to incumbent officials whose term will end in 2019.
Source: Senate of the Philippines