Palaweños appear to reject law dividing province into three

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Palawan, Philippines — Residents of Palawan seem to indicate their preference for one Palawan after unofficial tallies put the NO votes leading the YES votes as of Sunday (March 14).

Full and unofficial results show 63,955 people voted against the law splitting Palawan into three different provinces while only 39,218 voted to ratify it, for a total of 103,173 votes canvassed.

Partial unofficial results stood at 148,017 NO votes 96,012 and YES votes.

According to Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, the canvassed votes accounted for almost half (49.76%) of the total 490,369 voters registered for the plebiscite.

Leading campaigners of groups in favor of splitting the province have reportedly conceded after the latest tally.

The Comelec said the plebiscite’s full result is expected to be announced on Tuesday (March 16), three days after the exercise.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law Republic Act No. 11259, dividing Palawan into three separate provinces, on April 5, 2019.

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