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Benguet caretaker asks for a chance

Keith A. Calayag



ACT-CIS Partylist Rep. Eric Go Yap yesterday appealed to the people of Benguet to give him a chance to represent the province in the 18th Congress even as he is not from Cordillera.

During Monday’s plenary session at the House of Representatives, Yap was officially designated caretaker of Benguet following the death of Benguet Rep. Nestor Fongwan Sr. in December.

The decision of the chamber did not sit well with the province, with reports saying the Benguet Provincial Board passed a resolution asking Congress to initiate a special election to fill Fongwan’s position.

Republic Act 6645 which provides for the filing of a district representative’s seat states that when a seat becomes vacant a year or more before the term ends, a special election should be held for the vacated post of the representative.

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