A non-Cordilleran has been appointed as caretaker of Benguet.
The House of Representatives has named ACT-CIS Rep. Eric Go Yap as Benguet caretaker after the death of Representative Nestor Fongwan Sr last December.
But Republic Act No. 6645 mandates that a special election should be conducted for a new lawmaker should a district representative’s seat becomes vacant a year or more before the term ends.
Benguet residents are dismayed with the appointment.
But Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas said he is willing to give Yap a chance.
Vice Governor Johnny Waguis also said a special election should be held.
“We hope and pray that he will represent well the province and give what is best for the people of Benguet,” Waguis said.
“We maintain however our plea that a special election is held. We hope it will be acted upon by the House of Representatives,” he added.