SC allows plebiscite for Davao Occidental province-A A +A
Friday, October 25, 2013
VOTERS in Davao del Sur will determine next Monday if Davao Occidental will be the newest province in Mindanao after the Supreme Court dismissed the petition blocking the conduct of a plebiscite.
In a press briefing, SC spokesperson Theodore Te said Friday the Court did not find merit in the petition filed by then Davao del Sur Representative Marc Douglas Cagas.
The former lawmaker’s family is the political opponent of the Bautista clan, who pushed for the creation of the new province. President Benigno Aquino III signed Republic Act 10360 last January.
A total of 523,862 registered voters (excluding Davao City) are expected to take part in the referendum, which will determine if the municipalities of Sta. Maria, Malita, Don Marcelino, Jose Abad Santos and Sarangani will be included in the new province.
The lone legislative district of Davao del Sur shall be comprised of the City of Digos and the municipalities of Malalag, Sulop, Kiblawan, Padada, Hagonoy, Sta. Cruz, Matanao, Bansalan and Magsaysay.
Some P40 million will be spent for the plebiscite, of which 11 million will come from the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Elections for Davao Occidental officials will be held in 2016. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)