Senate approves bill making Lapu-Lapu City a lone district

September 30, 2009 9:45 am 

CEBU CITY, Sept. 30 – The Senate has passed on third and final reading the bill converting Lapu-Lapu City into a lone district without discussion in the floor, a city official said.

”The mayor is now on contact with Malacanang to arrange when President Arroyo will sign the approved bill into a Republic Act,” Lapu-Lapu City Vice Mayor Mario Amores said.

Amores was in Manila with the members of the City Council, including independent Councilor Junard Chan, Mayor Arturo Radaza and his wife Paz to witness the bill’s passage.

Senate Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada was presiding the session when Sen. Miguel Zubiri moved all bills that were for approval including SB 5007, the bill converting Lapu-Lapu City into a congressional district.

Rep. Nerissa-Soon Ruiz (Cebu, sixth district) earlier said the approved bills both in the House of Representatives and the Senate would no longer go to the bicameral conference committee because the two bills are worded exactly the same.

Lapu-Lapu City is a part of Cebu’s sixth district.

With Lapu-Lapu becoming a lone district, the sixth district will be left with the highly-urbanized city of Mandaue and the towns of Consolacion and Cordova. (PNA) LAP/EB/ad

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