Legislative district of Tawi-Tawi

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The Legislative district of Tawi-Tawi is the representation of the province of Tawi-Tawi 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.


Prior to gaining separate representation, areas now under the jurisdiction of Tawi-Tawi were represented under the Department of Mindanao and Sulu (1917–1935) and Sulu (1935–1972). The enactment of Presidential Decree No. 302 on 11 September 1973 created the Province of Tawi-Tawi out of Sulu's western municipalities.[1]

The new province was represented in the Interim Batasang Pambansa as part of Region IX from 1978 to 1984. Tawi-Tawi first elected its separate representative in 1984 when it returned one representative to the Regular Batasang Pambansa. It was provided a lone congressional district under the new Constitution[2] 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 (2010): 366,550
Period Representative[3]
8th Congress
Alawadin T. Bandon, Jr.1
Romulo M. Espaldon2
9th Congress
Nur G. Jaafar
10th Congress
11th Congress
12th Congress
Soraya C. Jaafar
13th Congress
Anuar J. Abubakar3
Nur G. Jaafar4
14th Congress
15th Congress
16th Congress
Ruby M. Sahali-Tan
17th Congress
^1 Lost election protest lodged by Romulo M. Espaldon, 12 December 1990.[4]
^2 Won election protest against Alawadin T. Bandon, Jr., 12 December 1990.[4]
^3 Initially proclaimed winner in May 2004 election; proclamation annulled on 30 June 2006 by House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal. Motion for Reconsideration denied 3 August 2006.[5]
^4 Declared by House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal duly elected winner of May 2004 election, 30 June 2006.[5]

At-Large (defunct)[edit]

Period Representative[3]
Regular Batasang Pambansa
Celso J. Palma

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Presidential Decree No. 302 - Creating the Province of Tawi-Tawi". The LawPhil Project. 27 September 1973. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  2. ^ 1986 Constitutional Commission (2 February 1987). "1987 Constitution of the Philippines - Apportionment Ordinance". Retrieved 13 June 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Congressional Library Bureau. "Roster of Philippine Legislators". Republic of the Philippines, House of Representatives. Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Roster of Philippine Legislators, 8th Congress of the Republic of the Philippines". Congress of the Philippines. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Supreme Court of the Philippines (7 March 2007). "G.R. No. 173310 - Anuar J. Abubakar vs House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal and Nur G. Jaafar". The LawPhil Project. Retrieved 6 February 2017.