1998 Cordillera autonomy plebiscite

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1998 Cordillera Autonomous Region creation plebiscite

← 1990 March 7, 1998 (1998-03-07)

LocationCordillera Administrative Region, Philippines

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Results by locality

The 1998 Cordillera Autonomy plebiscite was held on March 7, 1998. In the plebiscite, the people of Cordillera were asked if they wanted to be autonomous region under Republic Act No. 8438. The Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) consists of the provinces of Abra, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province and Apayao.

Results[edit]

Majority of Cordillera voters rejected the plan to be an autonomous region. For them, it will affect their families, livelihood, and cause terrorism due to Conrado Balweg and the New People's Army (NPA).

Only Apayao voted for autonomy, but due to the Supreme Court decision in 1990 disallowing an autonomous region composed of only one province, the autonomous region was not created. Because of the plebiscite, President Fidel V. Ramos amended the autonomous region proposal to a regular administrative region before he finished his term of office.

Per locality[edit]

Summary of results[1]
Locality For Against Total
Total % Total %
Abra 22,684 36.2% No 39,897 63.8% 62,581
Apayao Yes 23,201 75.0% 7,741 25.0% 30,942
Baguio 19,205 14.4% No 114,043 85.6% 133,248
Benguet 15,345 18.0% No 69,823 82.0% 85,168
Ifugao 16,417 47.0% No 18,476 53.0% 34,893
Kalinga 21,841 46.0% No 25,631 54.0% 47,472
Mountain Province 16,154 38.3% No 25,982 61.7% 42,136
Turnout 436,440

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dizon, Alfred; Santos, Joya (March 12, 1998). "Militants Seek "Real Autonomy" for Cordillera". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved January 9, 2015.