Legislative districts of Batanes
The legislative districts of Batanes are the representations of the province of Batanes in the various national legislatures of the Philippines. The province is currently represented in the lower house of the Congress of the Philippines through its lone congressional district.
Batanes was initially represented as part of the first district of Cagayan in the 1st Philippine Legislature, having been annexed to that province since the passage of Philippine Commission Act No. 209 on August 22, 1901. Upon its re-establishment as a regular province on May 20, 1909 by virtue of Act No. 1952, Batanes was granted separate representation, and elected its first representative later that year.
When seats for the upper house of the Philippine Legislature were elected from territory-based districts between 1916 and 1935, the province formed part of the first senatorial district which elected two out of the 24-member senate.
During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, the province was re-annexed to Cagayan and represented as part of that province in the National Assembly of the Second Philippine Republic. Upon the restoration of the Philippine Commonwealth in 1945, the province's continued to comprise a lone district.
Batanes retained its lone congressional district under the new Constitution which was proclaimed on February 11, 1987, and elected its member to the restored House of Representatives starting that same year.
- Population (2015): 17,246
- Died in 1911.
- Won the special election held on September 5, 1911 to fill the vacant seat.
- Vicente Agan was elected in November 1941 but died before the start of the session on June 9, 1945.
- Appointed Secretary of Public Works on June 22, 1964. Seat remained vacant until the end of the 5th Congress.
- Only took oath of office on June 30, 1970, following the resolution of court case filed by Rufino S. Antonio Jr.
- Appointed Secretary of Agrarian Reform on December 12, 1989. Seat remained vacant until the end of the 8th Congress.
- Died in office on October 8, 2017. Seat remained vacant until the end of the 17th Congress.
- Quezon City's 4th district Representative Feliciano Belmonte Jr. was designated caretaker representative from November 20, 2017 to October 9, 2018. He was succeeded by Pangasinan's 3rd district Representative Rose Marie Arenas who was designated on October 10, 2018 and served until the end of the 17th Congress.
- 1986 Constitutional Commission (February 2, 1987). "1987 Constitution of the Philippines - Apportionment Ordinance". Retrieved October 9, 2017.
- Congressional Library Bureau. "Roster of Philippine Legislators". Republic of the Philippines, House of Representatives. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
- Supreme Court of the Philippines (April 17, 1970). "G.R. No. L-31604. Rufino S. Antonio, Jr. v. Commission on Elections, et al". Chan Robles Virtual Law Library. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
- "Batanes Rep. Dina Abad dies at 62". CNN Philippines. October 9, 2017. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
- Cupin, Bea (November 21, 2017). "Sonny Belmonte is Batanes' caretaker in House". Rappler. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
- Cepeda, Mara (October 11, 2018). "Baby Arenas is new Batanes caretaker in House". Rappler. Retrieved October 16, 2020.