Legislative district of Abra

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The Legislative district of Abra is the representation of the province of Abra in the various national legislatures of the Philippines. The province is currently represented in the lower house of the Congress of the Philippines through its lone congressional district.

History[edit]

Abra was initially represented in 1907 as part of the third assembly district of Ilocos Sur, having been annexed to the latter as a sub-province in 1905. Following its re-establishment as a regular province on 9 March 1917 through Act No. 2683, Abra was granted its separate representation; its first representative was elected in 1919. When seats for the upper house of the Philippine Legislature were elected from territory-based districts between 1916 and 1935, the province formed part of the first senatorial district which elected two out of the 24-member senate.

In the disruption caused by the Second World War, two delegates represented the province in the National Assembly of the Japanese-sponsored Second Philippine Republic: one was the provincial governor (an ex officio member), while the other was elected through a provincial assembly of KALIBAPI members during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. Upon the restoration of the Philippine Commonwealth in 1945, the province continued to comprise a lone district.

Abra was represented in the Interim Batasang Pambansa as part of Region I from 1978 to 1984, and elected one representative to the Regular Batasang Pambansa in 1984. The province retained its lone congressional district under the new Constitution[1] which was proclaimed on 11 February 1987, and elected its member to the restored House of Representatives starting that same year.

Lone District[edit]

  • Population (2015): 241,160
Period Representative[2]
5th Philippine Legislature
1919–1922
Eustaquio Purugganan
6th Philippine Legislature
1922–1925
Adolfo Brillantes
7th Philippine Legislature
1925–1928
Quintín Paredes
8th Philippine Legislature
1928–1931
9th Philippine Legislature
1931–1934
10th Philippine Legislature
1934–1935
1st National Assembly
1935–1938
Agapito Garduque
2nd National Assembly
1938–1941
Quintín Paredes
1st Commonwealth Congress
1941–1946
Jesus Paredes
1st Congress
1946–1949
Quintín Paredes
2nd Congress
1949–1953
Virgilio Valera
3rd Congress
1953–1957
Lucas P. Paredes
4th Congress
1957–1961
5th Congress
1961–1965
6th Congress
1965–1969
Carmelo Z. Barbero
7th Congress
1969–1972
8th Congress
1987–1992
Rudolfo A. Bernardez
9th Congress
1992–1995
Jeremias Z. Zapata
10th Congress
1995–1998
11th Congress
1998–2001
Vicente Ysidro P. Valera
12th Congress
2001–2004
Luis P. Bersamin, Jr.1
13th Congress
2004–2007
vacant
14th Congress
2007–2010
Cecilia S. Seares-Luna
15th Congress
2010–2013
Ma. Jocelyn V. Bernos
16th Congress
2013–2016
17th Congress
2016–2019
Joseph Sto. Niño B. Bernos
^1 Assassinated on 16 December 2006; seat remained vacant until the end of the 13th Congress.[2]

At-Large (defunct)[edit]

Period Representatives[2]
National Assembly
1943–1944
Quintin Paredes, Jr.[3]
Juan C. Brillantes (ex officio)[3]
Regular Batasang Pambansa
1984–1986
Arturo V. Barbero

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1986 Constitutional Commission (2 February 1987). "1987 Constitution of the Philippines - Apportionment Ordinance". Retrieved 13 June 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Congressional Library Bureau. "Roster of Philippine Legislators". Republic of the Philippines, House of Representatives. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Official program of the inauguration of the Republic of the Philippines and the induction into office of His Excellency Jose P. Laurel. Bureau of Printing. 1943.