BAGUIO CITY — More than three decades of government service ended abruptly for Baguio mayor Mauricio Domogan in the aftermath of Monday’s midterm polls as he failed in his congressional bid against incumbent Rep. Mark Go for this city’s lone district.
The loss proved to be a heavy blow to the Cordillera region craving for autonomy, Domogan being one of its die-hard advocates.
As a result, Go will be serving his second term as representative of this tourist destination noted for its cool climate and wonderful attractions.
Domogan served Baguio from 1988 as a city councilor, vice mayor, mayor for three terms, congressman for three terms and mayor again for another three terms. Had he won, it would have been his second as a lawmaker representing this city.
Domogan was one of the main authors of the Cordillera autonomy bill where he presided numerous consultations with the indigenous peoples of not only of this city but the whole of the Cordillera Region. He is at present the chairman of the Regional Development Council Cordillera.
Domogan was prompted to run for congressman to avert the passing of Go’s bill to establish a Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba and Tublay Development Authority which he questioned as the said body will be more powerful than the local government units of the BLISTT areas.