The Visayas-Min­danao del­e­gates of the 1971 Con­sti­tu­tional Con­ven­tion (Part 1)

The Freeman - - OPINION -

The elec­tion of del­e­gates to the Con­sti­tu­tional Con­ven­tion tasked to change the 1935 Con­sti­tu­tion was held on Novem­ber 10, 1970. The Con­ven­tion of­fi­cially com­menced with the swear­ing in as Pres­i­dent of the Con­ven­tion of for­mer pres­i­dent Car­los P. Gar­cia on June 11, 1971. The body ap­proved the new con­sti­tu­tion on Novem­ber 29, 1972. These are those who were elected as del­e­gates to the con­ven­tion:

Cebu, 1st Dis­trict: Ly­dia Du­rano Ro­driguez and Casimiro R. Madarang Jr. (the old 1st Dis­trict was com­posed then of Bogo, Tabo­gon, Bor­bon, So­god, Cat­mon, Car­men, Danao City, Pi­lar, Tudela, Poro, and San Fran­cisco) 2nd Dis­trict: Pe­dro L. Yap, Marcelo B. Fer­nan, Natalio B. Ba­calso, and Je­sus P. Gar­cia (the old 2nd Dis­trict was com­posed then of Cebu City, Man­daue, Con­so­la­cion, Liloan, Com­postela, Cordova, and Lapu-Lapu City).

3rd Dis­trict: Napoleon G. Rama and An­to­nio T. Ba­cal­tos (the old 3rd Dis­trict was then com­posed of Tal­isay, Minglanilla, San Fer­nando, and Car­car).

4th Dis­trict: Oliv­eros E. Kin­ta­nar and Hi­lario G. Da­vide, Jr. (the old 4th Dis­trict was com­posed then of Si­bonga, Ar­gao, Dalaguete, and Al­coy).

5th Dis­trict: Jorge Kin­ta­nar and Pe­dro B. Calderon (the old 5th Dis­trict was com­posed then of San­tander, Oslob, Boljoon, Sam­boan, Gi­nati­lan, Mal­abuyoc, Ale­gria, Ba­dian, Moal­boal, and Al­can­tara).

6th Dis­trict: An­dres R. Flores and Fran­cis M. Zosa (the old 6th Dis­trict was com­posed then of Ronda, Du­man­jug, Alogu­in­san, Pi­na­munga­jan, and Toledo City).

7th Dis­trict: An­to­nio Y. de Pio and Ger­ardo M.S. Pepito the (old 7th Dis­trict was com­posed then of Balam­ban, As­turias, Tubu­ran, Tabue­lan, San Re­me­gio, Medellin, Daan­ban­tayan, Santa Fe, Ban­tayan and Madride­jos).

No­tably, three of the del­e­gates from Cebu be­came Chief Jus­tice, namely: Pe­dro Yap, Marcelo B. Fer­nan, and Hi­lario G. Da­vide, Jr.

When the 1987 Con­sti­tu­tion was ap­proved, Cebu City, which used to be part of the 2nd Dis­trict be­came the two Con­gres­sional Dis­tricts of Cebu City. The 1st Dis­trict is more known as Cebu North Dis­trict, while 2nd Dis­trict is more known as the Cebu South Dis­trict. Elected as con­gress­men in the first elec­tion af­ter EDSA in 1988 were Ate­neo de Manila-trained lawyers, Raul del Mar and An­to­nio V. Cuenco. (to be con­tin­ued)

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