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Ilagan is a 1st-class municipality in the province of Isabela, Philippines. It is the capital municipality and the largest town of Isabela (for land area and total population). According to the latest census, it has a population of 131,243 people in 24,085 households. The conversion of Ilagan, Isabela on February 2, 1998 (RA 8474) for cityhood would have made it the largest city in the province. But the plebiscite held on March 14, 1999 turned down its bid for cityhood under the Administration of former Mayor Mercedes P. Uy. The majority of the people voted "NO" in that historic event. It has 72,365 voters according to the 2007 elections. After 13 years, the municipal leaders of Ilagan, lead by Isabela first district Rep. Rodolfo Albano, has renewed the bid for its cityhood. Vice Gov. Rodito Albano said that the provincial government fully supports Ilagan's renewed cityhood bid, considering that such goal is already long overdue. And former Department of Justice Secretary Silvestre Bello III expressed support to the renewed move of the local officials of Ilagan, Isabela, headed by Mayor Josemarie L. Diaz, for the town's conversion to a city.
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