Today, April 20, the Supreme Court ruled with finality that Bulacan’s Malolos District, one of the newly-created districts via RA 9591, is nullified due to the city not meeting the crucial 250,000 population requirement.
As a result, the Congressional race in Malolos City will be deferred. Consequently, the Congressional race in the 1st District of Bulacan, where Malolos originally belongs and will be part of again, will be deferred as well.
There is no showing in the present case that the City of Malolos has attained or will attain a population of 250,000, whether actual or projected, before the 10 May 2010 elections
– “SC nullifies Malolos district with finality”, Philippine Daily Inquirer (via inquirer.net Breaking News), April 20, 2010
“At this point in time, it will be difficult to conduct election for congressman for the first district because you have people running for the first district (and) you have people running for congressman of Malolos City.”
– COMELEC Comm. Gregorio Larrazabal, as quoted in “Polls for Bulacan district deferred”, by Sheila Crisostomo, The Philippine STAR, April 20, 2010
Please note that this affect the Congressional race only, and the other three districts of Bulacan will not be affected. To the residents of Malolos and Bulacan’s 1st District, please be guided.
“Meanwhile, sources in the House of Representatives said the SC could also invalidate the splitting of the first congressional district of Camarines Sur.
They said like Malolos, the two districts do not meet the population requirement of 250,000 per legislative constituency as prescribed by the Constitution.”
– as quoted in “Supreme Court: No new Malolos district”, The Philippine STAR (via philstar.net Headlines), April 20, 2010