Puerto Princesa Bishop Socrates Mesiona has called for respect to the would-be outcome of the March 13 Palawan Plebiscite.
“The people have spoken and they must be listened to through deep respect for the sanctity of ballots,” he said in a CBCP News post.
The prelate also called on the faithful to remain “very vigilant” as the counting of votes is still ongoing.
Mesiona also assured prayers for those tasked to facilitate the canvassing of votes.
“May you always be inspired and guided by your solemn promise to serve the people and the common good,” he said.
The partial unofficial results of the plebiscite showed that the majority of the residents are against the division.
Based on the unofficial count of the Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay, the “no” vote dominated the plebiscite with 168,895 voting against the split and 121, 237 voting “yes” for the division as of Sunday.
The tally covers votes from 358 out of the 367 barangays in Palawan.