Jericho Nograles named Davao district 'legislative caretaker' as bro goes to Cabinet

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 20 2018 01:42 PM | Updated as of Nov 20 2018 03:14 PM

MANILA - PBA party-list Rep. Jericho Nograles was designated as "legislative caretaker" of Davao City's first district after his brother Karlo Nograles joined President Rodrigo Duterte's Cabinet.

In a memorandum order dated November 15, House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said Jericho Nograles' designation is effective immediately. 

Duterte earlier this month appointed the elder Nograles as Cabinet Secretary, replacing Leoncio "Jun" Evasco Jr., who is joining the gubernatorial race in Bohol in the 2019 polls.

Republic Act No. 6645 allows the House of Representatives to call for special elections if vacancy arises at least a year before the next regular election for members of Congress. 

But the law is silent on who should fill the vacancy if it is not within the said period. Arroyo's memo does not specify the duties or powers of a legislative caretaker.

-- report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News