So we were preparing to diss Baguio Congressman Mauricio Domogan with words like, “Boo, he does everything GMA bids him to do but he is not rewarded at all with an important position in Congress.” It turns out that our imagined reason for dissing him is no longer valid.
Why? Well, he just got himself an important position in Congress. Domogan now heads the congressional component of the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal, the body which decides the election protests filed against members of the Lower House. No doubt he will continue to do GMA’s bidding there but at least he got some reward for his loyalty to GMA.
Congratulations to you sir. We will eat our words for now. We still don’t like your being such a GMA rah-rah boy but at least you got something from being one.
Another Cordillera Congressman who heads a Congressional committee is Benguet Rep. Samuel Dangwa who took over the chairmanship of the committee on National and Cultural Communities (NCC) from Ifugao Rep. Solomon Chungalao. We are not too excited with this committee because it’s not really that competitive (in the sense that it is most often given to someone from an IP or indigenous peoples background). Still, a chairmanship is a chairmanship so let’s also congratulate Congressman Dangwa.
We are not yet sure if the other Cordillera Representatives will be able to get any significant positions but we doubt if they will.
Question: Name the only Cordillera Congressman who chaired a significant (i.e., not the NCC thing) congressional committee?
Answer: Mt. Province Rep. Victor Dominguez. He chaired the House Committee on Games and Amusement during the time of President Fidel Ramos. So we may not like him but we also give him credit.