We don’t usually agree with their politics but we must admit that we are impressed that four of them are heading four committees in Congress.
First, Baguio Rep. Mauricio Domogan gets to head the congressional component of the House of Representative Electoral Tribunal which we reported here.
Then, Benguet Rep. Samuel Dangwa assumed the chairmanship of the Committee on National Cultural Communities which we also mentioned here.
We also reported that Mt. Province Rep. Victor Dominguez now heads the Committee on Games and Amusement, a post he once held during the Ramos administration.
The latest one to head a committee is the youngest (he’s on his 30s), Rep. Elias Bulut Jr. of Apayao Province. He is now the chairman of the Committee on Agrarian Reform.
Are we impressed? Of course, that’s four out of seven Cordillera representatives heading congressional committees. We’ve never seen anything like this before. Usually, Cordillera reps only get to chair the Committee on National Cultural Communities which is kind of the token post for indigenous peoples. Aligning yourself with the “party” in power does have its benefits, no?
So should we bring out the tapuey and the gangsas to celebrate? Nah! We will only do that if our Representatives use their more weighty position to pass meaningful legislation. You know, a law that we can all be proud of. Something where we can say, “Hey, our Congressman/Congresswoman authored that law.”
Of the three Cordi Reps who don’t have a chairmanship post, two are neophytes: Abra Rep. Cecilia Luna and Kalinga Rep. Manuel Agyao. Neophytes really don’t get to head committees so this is not surprising.
Ifugao Rep. Solomon Chungalao, the Cordi Congressman we most admire, used to head the National Cultural Committee in the previous Congress so maybe he doesn’t mind that he’s not heading a committee this time around. Incidentally, he was the busiest Congressman (he filed the most bills) in the previous Congress.