Puerto Princesa City – Voters last week rejected the proposal being pushed by certain powerful interests to divide the island of Palawan into three new provinces – Palawan del Norte, Palawan del Sur and Palawan Oriental.
Final and official results from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) showed that the electorate rejected the three-way split of Palawan as provided in Republic Act No. 11259.
In the recent plebiscite held by the Comelec, officials of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) said the “No” votes had prevailed over the “Yes” votes in 22 of 23 towns – 173,304 to 122,223.
It was estimated that about 70 percent of Palawan’s 400,000 voting population participated in the poll exercise to ratify RA 11259.
Palawan Gov. Jose Alvarez, who was backing the 3-way split, reportedly conceded defeat to convenors of the One Palawan Movement which had the support of the local Catholic Church.