SC okays plebiscite for Davao Occidental province
MANILA - The Supreme Court (SC) has given the Commission on Elections (Comelec) the green light to hold the plebiscite for the creation of the province of Davao Occidental on Oct 28, simultaneous with the barangay elections.
In Friday's special En Banc session, the Justices denied the petition filed by Davao Del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas, who opposed the plebiscite.
In a decision penned by Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, the high court ruled that it is within the power of the Comelec to set the plebiscite so the voters in the affected areas may finally decide on whether or not they will allow the creation of the new province.
The Comelec approved the holding of the plebiscite last July 31.
Under Republic Act (RA) No 10360, the province of Davao Occidental shall be created, "upon approval by the majority of the votes cast by the voters of the affected areas in a plebiscite to be conducted and supervised by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) within sixty (60) days from the date of the effectivity" of the law.
The Comelec had announced that holding the plebiscite together with the barangay elections will save around P29 million.