Prelate: No to Palawan’s division

Published March 6, 2021, 11:47 AM

by Christina Hermoso

Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay, Palawan Bishop Emeritus Edgardo Juanich has expressed his opposition to the move to divide Palawan as he urged the faithful in the province to support the Save Palawan Movement.

Kayangan Lake is one of the top tourism attraction sites in Coron, Palawan. (HANAH TABIOS / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Let us support the Save Palawan Movement and vote ‘No’ in the coming March 13 plebiscite to divide Palawan,’ Juanich said over Radio Veritas.

“We are faced with a very challenging time in the province. Let us stand firm and support the Save Palawan Movement for our province not to get divided. In the coming plebiscite, I urge the faithful to vote ‘No’ in support of one Palawan,” the Church leader said.

La Inmaculada Concepción Parish in Culion, parish priest Rev. Fr. Roderick Yap Caabay likewise, expressed his support for one Palawan.

The priest said the faithful will not benefit from the move to divide Palawan into three provinces.

“The funds that will be spent for this must instead be used for public service. Public funds must be used to better the lives of the people and not for unnecessary and additional expenses to support and fund the salaries of those who will run the proposed three provinces,” Fr. Caabay said.

Palawan is set to hold a plebiscite on March 13 to ratify Republic Act No. 11259 that will divide the province into Palawan del Norte, Palawan Oriental, and Palawan del Sur.