By Hannah L. Torregoza | Manila Bulletin
MANILA, Philippines — The Senate Committee on Local Government has filed a committee report after reaching a “compromise agreement” on the measure seeking to split Camarines Sur, paving the way for the creation of a new province.
Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. confirmed that lawmakers have agreed to certain amendments to the measure, House Bill No. 4820 which was passed by the House of Representatives in August last year and referred to his committee with Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s committee on Constitutional Amendments, Revision of Codes and Laws as the secondary committee.
Marcos said that even Camarines Sur Governor Luis Raymond Villafuerte Jr., who earlier opposed the measure, has agreed to some changes.
“I filed the committee report yesterday after reaching a compromise agreement. Instead of dividing two districts, only one would be carved out,” Marcos told reporters. “They all agreed including proponents of the measure especially congressmen of Camarines Sur nd also those who opposed the measure…They all agreed.”
He said lawmakers agreed to turn the fourth district of Camarines Sur into a province to be named as Nueva Camarines.
“That 4th district, iyan yung Nueva Camarines, will be made into a province. So unless they changed the name, but that is the name listed under the committee report,” he said.
Villafuerte, he said, expressed hope there would be enough time to hold a plebiscite.
“I believe it will pass in the Senate. If there are other details like filing of new officials, that can be discussed with the Commission on Elections (Comelec),” Marcos said.
Sen. Joker Arroyo, who hails from Naga City, had opposed the measure, saying dividing Camarines Sur would benefit only the people of the province’s fourth district which is under the jurisdiction of Rep. Arnulfo Fuentebella who is on his last term.