P40 million needed for MP special elections

BONTOC, Mountain Province – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will need at least P40 million for a special election for the province’s congressional post once declared vacant by the leadership of the House of Representatives following the untimely demise of the late Rep. Maximo Dalog, Sr. who succumbed to alleged kidney ailment in a Quezon City-based hospital last month.


Provincial Election Supervisor Ricardo Lampac pointed out the said amount will cover the allowances of Comelec officials and personnel and members of the Board of Election Inspectors in the precinct level and the Board of Canvassers, transportation, allowances of the police and military, election supplies and paraphernalia among others.

He pointed out once the House of Representatives certifies that the congressional seat of Mountain Province is vacant, the Comelec will submit to the House the list of expenses for the mandatory special elections for the same to download to the poll body the required budget for the preparations and eventual conduct of the special elections.

“While it is true that Rep. Dalog unfortunately succumbed to his lingering ailment, we have to wait for the declaration of the province’s congressional seat as vacant by the House before we will make any action. We cannot unilaterally move or act on our own without the declaration of the position vacant that is why we are in a wait-and-see situation at this time,” Lampac stressed.

The Comelec provincial official underscored the 90-day period from which to conduct the special elections will only be counted once the House will certify that the province’s congressional seat is declared vacant but up to the present, the poll body has not yet been provided a copy of the required certificate of vacancy.

According to him, there was a precedent in the case of the province’s congressional post in the case of the late Rep. Victor S. Dominguez who succumbed to cardiac arrest in February 2008 where the House did not declare the position vacant because it appointed former Kalinga Rep. Manuel S. Agyao as the caretaker Congress representative.

Lampac revealed for the unexpired term of the late Rep. Dominguez, Agyao served as the province’s caretaker Congress representative and the House never declared the position vacant until the May 2010 synchronized national elections.

He asserted once there will be a special elections for the province’s congressional seat is declared vacant by the House, the winning candidate will serve Dalog’s unexpired term and will be counted as one term for the elected official.

At present, Lampac claimed the poll body is not in a position to make a definite stand on the matter because the House of Representatives has not yet decided whether or not to declare the congressional seat vacant as it is the branch of government that can  declare the position vacant.

When the same scenario in the province occurred in 2008, Lampac said the expenses that should have been spent during the conduct of the special elections was only P15 million but the special elections was not done because the House did not certify the congressional seat vacant.



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Mt. Province Destinations

Alab Petroglyph

The Alab Petroglyph is a huge rock formation that was inscribed with bows and arrows and is believed to have contained the ancient fertility rites of natives.

Backstrap and Loom weaving Houses ( Samoki Weaving)

This is where one can see an actual weaving by the locals. Tourists can come to this place for a photo-op and a chance to try their hand at weaving. Souvenirs can also be bought at these houses.

Bay-yo Rice Terraces

Bay-yo Rice Terraces are a smallet type of terraces that is spectacular to look at for tourists.

Bomod-ok Falls

Cascading white water and with a forceful might sending sprays of water that even on a hot day gives you an idea of just how freezingly-cold the pool at the bottom of the falls is truly a majestic sight to behold.

Bontoc Village Museum

It features a range of artifacts crafted by the Igorots for domestic purposes, to be used for traditional celebrations or practices. Inside the museum, one could appreciate the distinct richness of the Igorot's way of life.

Mt. Amuyao

The 8th highest peak in the Philippines with an elevation of 2,702 meters above sea level. Its summit provides its climbers a breathtaking panoram of Mountain Province, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao and Cagayan Valley.

Mt. Clitoris (Tadian)

This is a sacred mountain regardless of its name. Standing proudly and serenely over 3 villages, this conical-shaped land mass is said to be home to some enchanted eels.

Mountain Province Trade Center

A mini-shopping center managed by the Department of Trade and Industry where skillfully crafted indigenous products are sold.

Sagada Hanging Coffins

Having their coffins hangng at the limestone sliffs is an imrtant tribal custom that thee locals have complied with through hundred of years.

Sumaguuing Caves

Two hundred fifty or so steps down a slipery trail, one can reach the Sumaguing Cave. This is one of the Philippines famous spelunking sites, it is a spectacular place to go to for the adventorous soul.