By JOSEPH GREGORIO
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Benguet is asking the House of Representatives (HoR) to push for the conduct of special election for its congressional representative.
In a resolution, the provincial council said that through the polls, the people of Benguet could choose the person to represent them in Congress.
“Whereas, the Province of Benguet has mourned on the untimely death of its representative, the Hon. Nestor Fongwan, Sr., and such incident created a vacancy in the seat of the representative for the lone district if Benguet Province,” the resolution said.
Fongwan succumbed to a lingering illness on December 18, 2019, leaving the lone provincial district without a representative.
According to Benguet Vice Governor Johnny Waguis, they already requested an appointment with the House Speaker Allan Peter Cayetano to consult on the matter. He said that the winner in the special election would enjoy a fresh mandate from the people to govern, implement programs, projects, and activities beneficial to the province.
Benguet Board Member Robert Namorro said that it would be up to the Lower House to grant their request.
Meanwhile, Governor Melchor Diclas expressed hope that Congress will heed their call. He explained that while they are open on the HoR appointing a caretaker for the district, it is more beneficial for the province to have an elected one. However, he noted that it would take a long process for the approval of the special elections.
“So in the process, it is still good to have a legislative caretaker for the meantime that we have still no elected representative,” he said. # nordis.net