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Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Benguet's lone district
Assumed office
June 30, 2022
Caretaker: January 20, 2020 – June 30, 2022
Preceded byNestor B. Fongwan
Member of the
Philippine House of Representatives
for ACT-CIS party-list
In office
June 30, 2019 – June 30, 2022
Serving with Jocelyn Pua-Tulfo and Niña Taduran
House committee chairmanships
Chair of the House Committee on Appropriations
Assumed office
March 2, 2020
Preceded byIsidro Ungab
Chair of the
House Committee on Games and Amusements
In office
July 22, 2019 – March 2, 2020
Preceded byGustavo Tambunting
Succeeded byJoseph Bernos
Personal details
Born
Eric Go Yap

(1979-05-11) May 11, 1979 (age 43)
NationalityFilipino
Political partyNational Unity Party (2019–present)[1]
Other political
affiliations
United Benguet Party
ACT-CIS (2018–2022)
Alma materUniversity of Santo Tomas (BS)

Eric Go Yap (born May 11, 1979) is a Filipino politician serving as the Representative for Benguet's lone congressional district since 2022, and was the district's legislative caretaker from January 2020 until he was elected in his own right. He was a party-list representative for ACT-CIS from 2019 to 2022, and is the chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations since March 2020.

Yap is among the principal authors of House Bill No. 5477 which was signed into law as Republic Act No. 11463 in December 2019 as an act to establish the Malasakit Centers—a one-stop shop for government medical and financial assistance[2] and among the main proponents of House Bill 7778 or the establishment of the Autonomous Region of the Cordillera.[3]

Yap spearheaded various programs in Benguet such as Mobile Tulong,[4] Mobile Oxygen,[5] Youth Assistance Program,[6] and infrastructure projects.[7]

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House of Representatives of the Philippines

House of Representatives of the Philippines

The House of Representatives of the Philippines is the lower house of Congress, the bicameral legislature of the Philippines, with the Senate of the Philippines as the upper house. The lower house is usually called Congress, although the term collectively refers to both houses.

Party-list representation in the House of Representatives of the Philippines

Party-list representation in the House of Representatives of the Philippines

Party-list representation in the House of Representatives of the Philippines refers to a system in which 20% of the House of Representatives is elected. While the House is predominantly elected by a plurality voting system, known as a first-past-the-post system, party-list representatives are elected by a type of party-list proportional representation. The 1987 Constitution of the Philippines created the party-list system. Originally, the party-list was open to underrepresented community sectors or groups, including labor, peasant, urban poor, indigenous cultural, women, youth, and other such sectors as may be defined by law. However, a 2013 Supreme Court decision clarified that the party-list is a system of proportional representation open to various kinds of groups and parties, and not an exercise exclusive to marginalized sectors. National parties or organizations and regional parties or organizations do not need to organize along sectoral lines and do not need to represent any marginalized and underrepresented sector.

ACT-CIS Partylist

ACT-CIS Partylist

The ACT-CIS Partylist, officially the Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support Partylist, is a political organization which has party-list representation in the House of Representatives of the Philippines. They are supported primarily by radio and television broadcasters brothers Raffy Tulfo and Erwin Tulfo.

Philippine House Committee on Appropriations

Philippine House Committee on Appropriations

The Philippine House Committee on Appropriations, or House Appropriations Committee is a standing committee of the Philippine House of Representatives.

Education

Yap studied in the University of Santo Tomas from 1997 to 2002, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree.[8]

Political career

House of Representatives

Representative of ACT-CIS party-list

Yap, along with Jocelyn Pua-Tulfo and Rowena Niña Taduran, were elected as party-list representatives for ACT-CIS in the 2019 elections.[9][10] Garnering 2.6 million votes (9.45% of the turnout), ACT-CIS topped the party-list election and won the maximum three seats.[9][11] On the commencement of the 18th congress, Yap was appointed as chairman of the Games and Amusements Committee.[12][13]

Yap was one of the principal authors of House Bill No. 5477 which was signed into law as Republic Act No. 11463 by President Duterte in December 2019 which institutionalizes the Malasakit Centers—a one-stop shop for government medical and financial assistance.[14][15]

On March 2, 2020, Yap was appointed as chairman of the Appropriations Committee replacing Isidro Ungab (Davao City–3rd). Yap is the first neophyte congressman and first party-list representative to lead the Committee on Appropriations.[13]

In June 2020, Yap along with Paolo Duterte and Lord Allan Velasco, filed House Bill No. 7031 which aims to rename Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas. Yap explained that they were "not discrediting the heroic contributions of late Senator Aquino...we just deem it more appropriate for our international airport to bear the name of the country. Instead of it reflecting just one hero, we want it to reflect our everyday heroes—the Filipino people."[16]

ABS-CBN franchise, House leadership crisis

In July 2020, amid the House's hearing on the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN, Yap disclosed that an emissary from the media company attempted to bribe him ₱200 million to vote in favor of the network's franchise renewal. Yap responded that his "principle and vote are not for sale". In an official statement, ABS-CBN denied Yap's allegations, saying: "We believe in the process and we have participated in the process".[17] Yap later clarified that "he was not accusing ABS-CBN", explaining that he received a phone call from "someone claiming to be an ABS-CBN emissary", and that he was not able to verify if the caller's claims were true.[18] On July 10, Yap, together with 69 other members of the Committee on Legislative Franchises, voted to deny the renewal of ABS-CBN's franchise.[19]

During the speakership crisis between Alan Peter Cayetano and Lord Allan Velasco, the former met with Paolo Duterte and Yap.[20] However, Yap clarified that he did not side with either of the two.[21] On October 13, when Cayetano and Velasco both claimed to be the speaker, Yap requested the rivals to settle the issue or else he, as chairman of the Committee on Appropriations, would handle the deliberations for the 2021 national budget.[22] When Velasco replaced Cayetano, Yap was allowed to keep his committee chairmanship.[23] On November 18, he became a vice chair of the Committee on Accounts where Paolo Duterte was the new chairman.[24]

Legislative caretaker of Benguet

After the death of Benguet representative Nestor Fongwan Sr. on December 18, 2019, Yap was appointed as the legislative caretaker of the district on January 20, 2020.[25][26][27] The appointment became controversial as Yap is not from Benguet or Cordillera. The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Benguet has passed a resolution asking Congress to conduct a special election to fill the vacancy in the House.[28] In May 2020, the SP passed another resolution making Yap an "adopted son of Benguet" in recognition for his sincere support for the province.[29]

One of Yap's plans for Benguet was to re-nationalize Benguet General Hospital (BeGH) and increase its bed capacity.[15] In September 2020, he attended the opening ceremony of BeGH's molecular biology laboratory, which he personally funded. However, the project was criticized for bearing Yap's name as Benguet General Hospital Molecular Biology Laboratory Eric Yap Building. Yap said he was unaware that the hospital management named the laboratory after him. He then asked the management to remove his name from the laboratory.[30][31]

Yap was known to visit remote areas of Benguet to extend public service and implement projects.[32][33]

In October 2021, presidential aspirant and Senator Manny Pacquiao accused Yap of being involved in alleged overpriced slope protection and flood control projects in Benguet.[34] Yap lamented that his political opponents were attempting to discredit him by using Pacquiao.[35] A few days after the accusation, Benguet mayors came to Yap's defense and expressed dismay at Pacquiao's pronouncements saying:

We are saddened that Senator Pacquiao came and just questioned Congressman Yap’s presence in Benguet. It should not need emphasis but for Senator Pacquiao’s informed realization, Congressman Yap is our own. He was adopted by us. He is one of us.

— Mayors of the Municipalities of Benguet, Statement of Support for Cong. Eric Yap[34][34][36]

Committee assignments and House positions

Yap served on the following House committees and in the following House positions.

Congressman of Benguet

Yap was elected as Representative for Benguet's lone congressional district by a landslide over his closest rival, Itogon mayor Victor Palangdan in the 2022 May elections.[32]

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Party-list representation in the House of Representatives of the Philippines

Party-list representation in the House of Representatives of the Philippines

Party-list representation in the House of Representatives of the Philippines refers to a system in which 20% of the House of Representatives is elected. While the House is predominantly elected by a plurality voting system, known as a first-past-the-post system, party-list representatives are elected by a type of party-list proportional representation. The 1987 Constitution of the Philippines created the party-list system. Originally, the party-list was open to underrepresented community sectors or groups, including labor, peasant, urban poor, indigenous cultural, women, youth, and other such sectors as may be defined by law. However, a 2013 Supreme Court decision clarified that the party-list is a system of proportional representation open to various kinds of groups and parties, and not an exercise exclusive to marginalized sectors. National parties or organizations and regional parties or organizations do not need to organize along sectoral lines and do not need to represent any marginalized and underrepresented sector.

ACT-CIS Partylist

ACT-CIS Partylist

The ACT-CIS Partylist, officially the Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support Partylist, is a political organization which has party-list representation in the House of Representatives of the Philippines. They are supported primarily by radio and television broadcasters brothers Raffy Tulfo and Erwin Tulfo.

2019 Philippine House of Representatives elections

2019 Philippine House of Representatives elections

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18th Congress of the Philippines

18th Congress of the Philippines

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Isidro Ungab

Isidro Ungab

Isidro Tom Ungab is a Filipino politician, a former banker, and a former local legislator of the City of Davao. He was elected as a member of the House of Representatives of the Philippines, representing the Third District of Davao City beginning in 2007.

Paolo Duterte

Paolo Duterte

Paolo "Pulong" Zimmerman Duterte is a Filipino politician who is the representative of Davao City's 1st district. He previously served as vice mayor of Davao City from 2013 until his resignation in December 2017.

Lord Allan Velasco

Lord Allan Velasco

Lord Allan Jay Quinto Velasco is a Filipino politician and lawyer who served as the Speaker of the House of Representatives from October 12, 2020 to June 2022. He is concurrently serving as the Representative of Marinduque's lone district since 2016, and previously from 2010 to 2013. He previously served as the Marinduque chapter president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, and Marinduque provincial administrator under Governor Jose Antonio Carrion.

Ninoy Aquino International Airport

Ninoy Aquino International Airport

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ABS-CBN franchise renewal controversy

ABS-CBN franchise renewal controversy

The ABS-CBN franchise renewal controversy is a national dispute in the Philippines regarding the renewal of the congressional franchise that would have allowed Philippine media network ABS-CBN to continue broadcasting.

ABS-CBN

ABS-CBN

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Benguet

Benguet

Benguet, officially the Province of Benguet, is a landlocked province of the Philippines located in the southern tip of the Cordillera Administrative Region in the island of Luzon. Its capital is La Trinidad.

Cordillera Administrative Region

Cordillera Administrative Region

The Cordillera Administrative Region, also known as the Cordillera Region and Cordillera, is an administrative region in the Philippines, situated within the island of Luzon. It is the only landlocked region in the insular country, bordered by the Ilocos Region to the west and southwest, and by the Cagayan Valley Region to the north, east, and southeast. It is the least populous region in the Philippines, with a population less than that of the city of Manila.

Personal life

Yap is a close friend of Paolo Duterte.[37][38][39]

Yap was a judge at the finals night of Miss Universe Philippines 2020, the pageant's first edition.[40]

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