Palawan divided by 3? Comelec sets plebiscite for May 2020

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MANILA — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has set the plebiscite to ratify the division of the province of Palawan into three provinces in May 2020.

Based on Comelec Resolution No. 10620, the plebiscite for the creation of Palawan del Norte, Palawan Oriental, and Palawan del Sur will be held on May 11, 2020 as provided by Republic Act No. 11259.

The law provides that the plebiscite should be held on the second Monday of May 2020.

“Whereas, the second Monday of May 2020 is May 11, 2020,” said the decision approved by the Comelec en banc.

It added that the plebiscite period is set to begin on Apr. 11, 2020 and will run through May 18, 2020.

The prohibited acts during the plebiscite period, include bearing, carrying, or transporting firearms and other deadly weapons; organization of strike forces; and suspension of local elective officials.

On the other hand, the information and campaign period will also start on Apr. 11, 2020 and will end on May 9, 2020.

During this period, there will be no appointments of new employees, creating new positions, and giving salary increases; construction of public works; and release of public funds.

On May 10, the eve of plebiscite day, a liquor ban as well as prohibition in giving and accepting free transportation, food, and drinks will be imposed.

On plebiscite day, the casting of votes shall be from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. to be immediately followed by the counting of votes after the close of voting hours.

Last April 5, the RA 11259 was signed into law, which will divide the province of Palawan into three provinces once it is approved by the majority of votes cast during the plebiscite. (PNA)