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BATAC, Ilocos Norte—Batac became the second city of Ilocos Norte after the capital Laoag when 11,750 residents endorsed Republic Act 9407, the law that converted it into a component city. 
The province’s newest city came 42 years later after Laoag obtained its cityhood under RA 4584 on June 19, 1965. Ilocos Norte’s two districts are now home to two cities: Laoag in the first district and Batac in the second district.

Commission on Election records showed that 1,433 residents rejected the cityhood bid. Voter turnout on Saturday’s plebiscite was 51.46 percent.

Mayor-elect Jeffrey Nalupta, son of outgoing Mayor Jesus Nalupta, Sr., will have the distinction of sitting as the first city mayor of Batac once he assumes his position on June 30.

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