Duterte approves deputizing soldiers, police for Compostela plebiscite

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 03 2019 03:20 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte has allowed the deputation of soldiers and police officers to secure the Dec. 7 plebiscite in Compostela Valley for the ratification of the law that changes the name of the province to Davao de Oro.

Duterte, through a memorandum order signed last Nov. 28 but released only on Tuesday, concurred with the Commission on Elections' resolution to deputize the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police in connection with the plebiscite.

“The foregoing law enforcement agencies and other concerned agencies are hereby directed to coordinate and cooperate with the Comelec in the performance of their duties and functions,” the President said in the order.

He also declared Dec.7 as a special non-working day in the province of Compostela to allow its people to "actively and fully participate in the plebiscite and exercise their right to vote."

Prior to the name change, Compostela Valley, known as the country's gold capital, was the only province in Southern Mindanao that did not bear the name “Davao.” 
Other provinces in the region are Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Davao Occidental, and Davao del Sur.

In April, Duterte signed Republic Act No. 11297 which sets a uniform “Davao” name for all provinces in the region.