The Senatorial Districts of Visayas and Mindanao (Last of two parts)
CEBUPEDIA - Clarence Paul Oaminal (The Freeman) - December 11, 2019 - 12:00am

The first six senatorial districts were composed of provinces in Luzon. The 7th Senatorial District was composed of the provinces of Capiz, Iloilo, and Romblon which separated from Capiz in 1917. Presently, Romblon is part of Region 4 in Luzon.

Those who were elected as senators representing the 7th Senatorial District were: Francisco Villanueva, Jose Altavas (who traces his roots to Haring Tupas, the Malay King of Cebu), Jose Ledesma, Jose Ma. Arroyo (ascendant of former first gentleman Mike Arroyo), Jose Hontiveros, Ruperto Montinola, Antonio Belo, and Potenciano Trenas.

The 8th Senatorial District was composed of the provinces of Antique, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, and Palawan (geographically, Palawan is part of the Visayas, but the framers of the 1987 Constitution made it part of Luzon under Region 4).

Those who were elected as senators representing the 8th Senatorial District were Manuel Lopez, Esperidion Guanco, Hermenigildo Villanueva, Manuel Yulo, Gil Montilla, Franciso Zulueta, and Isaac Lacson.

The Ninth Senatorial District was composed of the provinces of Leyte and Samar, at present the region now called Eastern Visayas is composed of six provinces: Biliran, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Samar, Leyte, and Southern Leyte.

Those elected representing the 9th Senatorial District were Francisco Enage (a street in Tacloban City, Leyte, is named after him), Esteban Singson, Jose Ma. Veloso, Tomas Gomez, Pastor Salazar, and Jose D. Avelino (who later became Senate president).

The 10th Senatorial District is the only district with a lone province which was Cebu. Those who were elected representing the 10th Senatorial District were Celestino Rodriguez (Waling Waling Street in Cebu City was renamed after him), Filemon Sotto (elder brother of Vicente Yap Sotto who was also elected as senator after World War II), Pedro Rodriguez, Manuel C. Briones and Sergio Suico Osmeña Sr.

The 11th Senatorial District was composed of the provinces of Bohol, Misamis, and Surigao. Those who were elected were Nicolas Capistrano, Francisco Soriano, Troadio Galicano (originally from Cebu), Jose A. Clarin, and Juan Torralba.

The 12th Senatorial District was composed of Mt. Province, Nueva Vizcaya, Baguio City, and the Department of Mindanao and Sulu. Appointed as senators representing the district were Joaquin Luna, Hadji Butu, Teofisto Guingona Sr., Lope Santos, Jose Alijandrino, Manuel Camus, Jamalul Kiram, Juan Gaerlan, and Datu Sinsuat. Additional note: Aside from the two senators, the Department of Mindanao and Sulu had five congressional representatives.

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