By JOSEPH GREGORIO
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Benguet representative and former governor Nestor Bagtang Fongwan, Sr. was laid to rest on Saturday, December 28, at his residence in Guidayan, La Trinidad, Benguet.
His body was brought at the La Trinidad Municipal Hall and Benguet Provincial Capitol for the necrological services. Families, friends, and the people of Benguet attended the program and paid their last respect to the “Action Man” of the province.
The 13 municipalities and the Provincial Board passed resolutions to expressed their sympathies to the Fongwan family. They also recognize the late representative for his services to the province and accomplishments.
Former officials, especially those who worked with him, gave testimonies and appreciations for his work. They recalled his contributions to the progress of La Trinidad and Benguet as a whole.
His son, La Trinidad Councilor Nestor Fongwan, Jr. on behalf of the family, thanked the people who sympathized with them and gave their assistance. The younger Fongwan is the chairperson of the Councilors League in the province and sits as a member of the Provincial Council.
He recalled that their father as a rigorous man, but he stood firmly for his people. For him, there is only one Fongwan, Sr.
“Adu ti mangibagbaga a tuladem ni amam, saanko kaya a tuladen ni ama. Isuna laeng ti maymaysa nga Nestor Bagtang Fongwan a mabalin nga agserbi ditoy Benguet (Many are telling me to be like my father, but I cannot be like him. He is the only Nestor Bagtang Fongwan who can deliver such service he gave to the province of Benguet),” he said.
Fongwan, Jr. said that his father dedicated all his time and life to serving the public, noting that “no one can be like him.”
The older Fongwan died on December 18 at the National Kidney Transplant Institute (NKTI) in Quezon City at around 10:30 pm of December 18, 2019. He succumbed to acute respiratory failure, the underlying cause of the upper gastrointestinal bleeding peptic ulcer, and renal cell cancer with metastasis. He is survived by his wife Priscilla and five children. # nordis.net