San Pedro in Laguna to hold cityhood plebiscite Dec 28
MANILA, Philippines – Four days before the year ends, registered voters in San Pedro, Laguna, will either approve or reject the conversion of their town into a city.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) scheduled for Saturday, December 28, a plebiscite to ratify San Pedro's cityhood. Voting hours will be from 7 am to 3 pm.
If majority of the 160,777 voters write "yes" on their ballots, San Pedro would become the 6th city in the province of Laguna, after Biñan, Cabuyao, Calamba, San Pablo, and Sta. Rosa.
San Pedro was converted into a component city through Republic Act 10420, signed by President Benigno Aquino III on March 27, 2013.
RA 10420 states that Comelec should conduct a plebiscite within 30 days after the law's approval, but the poll body resolved to hold off all plebiscites until after the October 28 barangay polls.
The plebiscite period in San Pedro started on November 28, and will last until Jan 2, 2014. A gun ban is implemented throughout the plebiscite period, while a liquor ban will take place on the eve of the plebiscite and on plebiscite day. The counting of votes will be done manually.
The town's Comelec office is gearing up for the plebiscite. "We will be putting up tarpaulins in every barangay hall to inform voters about RA 10420 and the plebiscite," said Mario Loyola, a staff member of the Comelec-San Pedro municipal office.
Meanwhile, on Jan 11, 2014, another plebiscite will take place in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, to ratify the creation of Barangay Paglaum. – Rappler.com