By JOSEPH GREGORIO
BAGUIO CITY — Benguet Representative and former governor Nestor Fongwan, Sr. died on December 18 at the age of 68 after battling an illness.
His son, Board Member Nestor Fongwan, Jr., confirmed the solon’s demise on Facebook post on the morning of December 19.
“My father is now with his creator,” he said.
Before his stint in the House Representative, Fongwan, Sr. served as the governor of Benguet for three terms from 2007-2016. He was known as the “action man” for being a hands-on official who personally goes to the place where he is needed, especially during calamities and disasters.
Before being the governor of the province, he was the mayor of its capital town of La Trinidad from 1995 to 2001 and 2004 to 2007. He was the Municipal Vice-Mayor from 1992 to 1995 and councilor from 1988-1992.
The municipal government of La Trinidad meanwhile expressed its sadness over the passing away of Fongwan Sr. at the same time, gratitude to him.
“Our deepest sympathy to all you left behind especially to the family of our Action Man Nestor B. Fongwan, who brought La Trinidad to greater heights. Thank you, sir,” the message read.
The congressional representative’s last legislative action was joining his fellow Cordillera Representatives in filing a new House Bill seeking for the establishment of the Cordillera Autonomous Region.
According to Fongwan Jr., the body of his father will be brought home at Guadayan, Pico, La Trinidad, Benguet, on the evening of December 19, 2019. # nordis.net