Morales: Mabalacat supports Angeles lone district plan

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014


MABALACAT CITY -- Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales said the City Government of Mabalacat will support the plan to create Angeles City a lone congressional district.

The move will separate the highly-urbanized city from Mabalacat City and Magalang town.

Morales however said that they will ask Representative Joseller "Yeng" Guiao to hold a public consultation to get the sentiments of the people in government, private sector and multi-sectoral organizations in the first district.

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Vice Mayor Christian Halili echoed the views of Morales, saying "kung matutuloy ito maaring magkaroon na tayo ng kongresista na galing sa Mabalacat."

Both Morales and Halili claimed that the move will benefit Mabalacat City because new lawmakers will emerge from Mabalacat City and Magalang town.

"Malaking benepisyo ito sa ating mga kababayan in terms of delivery of basic services," said Morales.

Earlier, political leaders in Magalang town have also vowed to support the move to convert highly-urbanized Angeles City into a lone congressional district.

Magalang Mayor Romy Pecson has described the separation of Angeles City from the First District as a "win-win" situation.

If the lone district proposal pushes through, Mabalacat City and Magalang town will no longer share funds with Angeles City, said Pecson.

Pecson said the Sangguniang Bayan will also endorse the move, saying majority of its members are known allies of Guiao, who recently vowed to propose the lone district bill in Congress.

"Palage ku naman buri re reng constituents mi ini uling dakal ya maging advantage kareng atlung lugar a sakup ning First District (I think our constituents would like it because of the many advantages it would bring the three areas of the First District)," said Pecson.

Earlier, members of the Angeles City Council asked their counterparts in Mabalacat and Magalang to support the creation of Angeles City as a lone district.

Angeles City Vice Mayor Vicky Vega Cabigting, together with Councilor Danica Lacson, attended a session in Mabalacat Council where they appealed for support on Councilor Maricel Morales' resolution calling on the creation of the lone district of Angeles City.

After the resolution was approved, Cabigting said they immediately presented it to Guiao, who showed openness to the idea.

With a current population of around 300,000, Angeles City already passes the population requirement to become a lone district which is 250,000.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 24, 2014.

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