BAGUIO - Benguet Rep. Nestor Fongwan died Wednesday night at age 68, his family said Thursday morning.
The lawmaker’s son, Benguet Provincial Board Member Nestor Fongwan Jr., confirmed the news on his social media account. He did not disclose the cause of death.
Fongwan, who was a public servant for three decades, began his career as an employee of the Benguet Provincial Auditor’s Office. He first ran and won in 1988 as councilor of La Trinidad town.
He served as the town's vice mayor for a single term from 1992 to 1995 and was acting mayor of the municipality from October 1994 to January 1995.
Fongwan was elected mayor in 1998 and served as Benguet’s provincial governor from 2007 to 2016.
Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas described Fongwan as an “action man.”
“Lahat ng problema pagka dumating sa kanya, inaaksyunan niya kaagad. Pagka may landslide diyan sa Halsema (Highway), pumupunta siya mismo,” he said.
(All problems that reach him, he takes immediate action. When there's a landslide there at Halsema, he goes there himself.)
Diclas said the humble lawmaker would not hesitate meeting his constituents at home while still wearing slippers.
Fongwan’s remains will be brought back to their home in Puguis, La Trinidad. A wake open for the public will also be scheduled at the Provincial Capitol.