Legislative district of Batanes

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The Legislative District of Batanes is the representation of the province of Batanes 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]

Batanes was initially represented as part of the first district of Cagayan in the 1st Philippine Legislature, having been annexed to that province since the passage of Philippine Commission Act No. 209 on 22 August 1901. Upon its re-establishment as a regular province on 20 May 1909 by virtue of Act No. 1952, Batanes was granted separate representation, and elected its first representative later that year.

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.

During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, the province was re-annexed to Cagayan and represented as part of that province in the National Assembly of the Second Philippine Republic. Upon the restoration of the Philippine Commonwealth in 1945, the province's continued to comprise a lone district.

The province was represented in the Interim Batasang Pambansa as part of Region II from 1978 to 1984, and elected one representative to the Regular Batasang Pambansa in 1984.

Batanes 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): 17,246
Period Representative[2]
2nd Philippine Legislature
1909–1912
Teofilo Castillejos1
Vicente Barsana2
3rd Philippine Legislature
1912–1916
4th Philippine Legislature
1916–1919
Juan G. Castillejos
5th Philippine Legislature
1919–1922
Claudio Castillejos
6th Philippine Legislature
1922–1925
7th Philippine Legislature
1925–1928
Vicente Agan
8th Philippine Legislature
1928–1931
Mariano Lizardo
9th Philippine Legislature
1931–1934
10th Philippine Legislature
1934–1935
Vicente Agan1
1st National Assembly
1935–1938
2nd National Assembly
1938–1941
1st Commonwealth Congress
1941–1946
vacant
1st Congress
1946–1949
Anastacio Agan
2nd Congress
1949–1953
Jorge A. Abad
3rd Congress
1953–1957
4th Congress
1957–1961
Manuel Agudo
5th Congress
1961–1965
Jorge A. Abad4
vacant
6th Congress
1965–1969
Aurora B. Abad
7th Congress
1969–1972
vacant
Jorge A. Abad5
8th Congress
1987–1992
Florencio B. Abad1
vacant
9th Congress
1992–1995
Enrique C. Lizardo
10th Congress
1995–1998
Florencio B. Abad
11th Congress
1998–2001
12th Congress
2001–2004
13th Congress
2004–2007
Henedina Abad
14th Congress
2007–2010
Carlo Oliver D. Diasnes
15th Congress
2010–2013
Henedina Abad7
16th Congress
2013–2016
17th Congress
2016–2019
vacant
1 Died in 1911.[2]
2 Won in a special election held on 5 September 1911 to fill the vacant seat.[2]
3 Elected for a fourth term in November 1941 but died before the opening of the session on 9 June 1945. Seat remained vacant till the end of the 1st Commonwealth Congress.[2]
4 Appointed Secretary of Public Works on 22 June 1964. Seat remained vacant till the end of the 5th Congress.[2]
5 Only took oath of office on 30 June 1970,[2] following the resolution of court case filed by Rufino S. Antonio Jr.[3]
6 Appointed Secretary of Agrarian Reform on December 12, 1989. Seat remained vacant until the end of the 8th Congress.[2]
7 Died in office on 8 October 2017.[4] Seat remains vacant.

At-Large (defunct)[edit]

Period Representative[2]
Regular Batasang Pambansa
1984–1986
Fernando C. Faberes

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1986 Constitutional Commission (2 February 1987). "1987 Constitution of the Philippines - Apportionment Ordinance". Retrieved 9 October 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Congressional Library Bureau. "Roster of Philippine Legislators". Republic of the Philippines, House of Representatives. Retrieved 17 October 2017. 
  3. ^ Supreme Court of the Philippines (17 April 1970). "G.R. No. L-31604. Rufino S. Antonio, Jr. v. Commission on Elections, et al". Chan Robles Virtual Law Library. Retrieved 17 October 2017. 
  4. ^ "Batanes Rep. Dina Abad dies at 62". CNN Philippines. 9 October 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2017.