BACOOR, Cavite - This booming town is now the fifth city of Cavite province.
The local Commission on Elections (Comelec) proclaimed the town as the newest city of the province at 12:30 a.m. yesterday in the presence of top local officials.
Comelec Officer Aniceta Laceda made the historical declaration after the concluded cityhood referendum garnered 36,226 ''yes'' votes as against only 3,854 ''no'' votes.
Among those present at the proclamation were Mayor Strike B. Revilla, his sister-in-law Cavite 2nd District Representative Lani Mercado-Revilla, her son Provincial Board Member Ramon ''Jolo'' Revilla, Councilors Reynaldo M. Fabian and Reynaldo D. Palabrica and other officials.
The Revillas, including Senator Ramon ''Bong'' Revilla, who came shortly after Laceda's proclamation, were elated by the proclamation and thanked cityhood supporters.
Laceda said that the senator arrived, unaware that the canvassing ended and the proclamation would be made much earlier.
The Comelec proclamation made the fast-progressing Bacoor the fifth city in Cavite after the province's former capital, Trece Martires City, the Capitol site; prime tourist destination Tagaytay City; Dasmariñas City, the most populated and deemed the richest; and Cavite City.
Neighboring Imus, Cavite's capital, will hold its cityhood referendum on Saturday (June 30) with 151, 720 registered voters participating.
President Aquino signed into law Republic Act Nos. 10160 and 10161, which converted Bacoor and Imus towns into cities last April 10 and 11, respectively.