By Amir Hussein Abbas
Maguindanao 1st District Rep. Datu Roonie Q. Sinsuat Sr. is seeking for making the City of Cotabato to be a lone legislative district separate from the 1st district of Maguindanao.
Maguindanao 1st congressional district is presently comprised of Cotabato City and 11 other municipalities of Maguindanao province.
Atty. Frances Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi is the present city mayor of Cotabato City while Mariam Sangki-Mangudadatu is Maguindanao incumbent provincial governor.
On March 3, 2021, Rep. Sinsuat filed in the House a Bill that would grant Cotabato City as a lone congressional district representing the city’s 37 barangays.
It is now pending in the House Committee on Local Government since March 8, 2021.
The Bill is entitled “An Act Separating Cotabato City from the First Legislative District of the Province of Maguindanao to Constitute the Lone District of Cotabato City.
The proposed Bill is based on a resolution drafted by the 16th Sangguniang Panlungsod of Cotabato and sent to Rep. Sinsuat urging Congress to create the Lone District of Cotabato City.
It was learned that sources from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Region 12 said that Cotabato City has been qualified to be a separate lone congressional district since 2015 based on population, area and revenue. AHA