By Macon Ramos-Araneta | Manila Standard Today
Parties opposing the split of Camarines Sur have agreed instead to turn the province’s fourth district into another locality.
In an interview, Senator Ferdinand Marcos, chairman of the senate committee on local government, confirmed the consensus.
“They all agreed so I immediately wrote the committee report and had it signed and filed it,” he said.
Marcos said the district of Rep. Arnulfo Fuentebella will be made a province which will be named Nueva Camarines as indicated in the report. “That is of course, if they will not change the name,” he said, adding that the holding of a plebiscite was up to the Commission on Elections.
Marcos said Rep. Luis Villafuerte, a proponent of House Bill 4820 seeking to divide Camarines Sur, was amenable to the compromise but sought time to thresh out the details.
Senate Majority Floor Leader Vicente Sotto III earlier admitted intense lobbying from some congressmen to push for the measure’s passage.
“They are aggressively asking me, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, and local government committee chairman Sen. Bongbong Marcos Jr. to tackle the bill at once,” said Sotto, citing a flurry of calls and visits made by lobbyists.