What’s this “caretaker” nonsense that people in Mt. Province are talking about? According to this report, following the demise of Mt. Province Rep. Victor Dominguez, some Mt. Province leaders have passed a resolution tasking Baguio Rep. Mauricio Domogan to be the province’s “caretaker”.
The report also states that the Dominguez clan “prefers someone who comes from the same party where the late lawmaker is affiliated” to be appointed.
Now is Mt. Province so poor in human resources that it has to look outside for a “caretaker”? How pathetic are we? I can’t imagine leaders of Kalinga, Ifugao, and the other Cordi provinces asking an outsider to be their “caretaker”. Seriously!
At the same time, huwag naman silang mag-appoint ng relative ng dating Congressman to be the “caretaker”.
But all these talks of appointing a “caretaker” is silly because if I understand this law correctly, there is no such thing as a “caretaker”.
Instead, what the law provides in case of a permanent vacancy in Congress is for the holding of a special election “not earlier than sixty (60) days nor longer than ninety (90) days after the occurrence of the vacancy”. Iyan dapat ang tutukan ng mga nasabing Mt. Province leaders. (Note: I stand corrected if you can find a provision of law that provides for the appointment of a “caretaker”.)
Instead of asking Rep. Domogan to be their “caretaker”, what said Mt. Province “leaders” should do is to ask the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to immediately schedule a special election to fill the seat vacated by Rep. Dominguez.
There is no money for a special election? Then they should lobby Gloria and Congress to provide the money. Diyan masusubukan kung talagang malakas sila kay Gloria.
Domogan willing to be caretaker of Mt. Province
By Rimaliza Opiña/Sunstar Baguio
LET House Speaker Prospero Nograles decide whom he will appoint as “caretaker” of Mountain Province, pending election of a new congressman.
Several leaders at Mountain Province earlier passed a resolution tasking Baguio Representative Mauricio Domogan to be the province’s overseer, until Congress passes a budget for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to call for a special election.
While local leaders may have chosen whoever they want to represent them in Congress, Domogan said a factor to consider is party affiliation.
The late Mountain Province Representative Victor Dominguez belonged to the Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (Kampi). Domogan on the other hand belongs to the Lakas party.
The Dominguez clan reportedly prefers someone who comes from the same party where the late lawmaker is affiliated.
Domogan said he never asked to be delegated as caretaker and was not consulted when the resolution was passed. He, however, said if Nograles appoints him as Mountain Province caretaker, he would accept.
During the wake of the late Dominguez, reports surfaced that Domogan was pushing for his appointment as Mountain Province caretaker.
Domogan said no influencing occurred. Right after the resolution was passed, he said he talked to the signatories and told them to consult and get the consent of the Dominguez family.
“I do not have any quarrel with them,” Domogan stressed, adding he will not receive any salary or be allowed to disburse Dominguez’s Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
“It is an added responsibility, which I will accept if the Speaker appoints me,” he said.
In the meantime, Mountain Province Governor Maximo Dalog is being eyed as candidate to replace Dominguez, in case special elections were held.
Sources close to the governor said Dalog has been asked to run for the position, which Dominguez vacated.