Nueva Ecija's first lady governor
Outgoing Third District
Rep. Czarina Umali won the Nueva Ecija
gubernatorial race and made history by
breaking the continuous line of 33 male
governors of the province since 1898.
She garnered 532,719 votes,
edging out her rival, former Fourth
District Rep. Rodolfo Antonino, by over
Umali's feat followed three
previous unsuccessful attempts by women
candidates to become Nueva Ecija
governor -- Virgnia Custodio-Perez in
1995, Julia Lorenzo-Villareal ni 2004
and Josefina Manuel-Joson in 2013. ###
Meanwhile, in the vice
gubernatorial race, Umalli's running
mate, Jose Gay Padiernos, got 623,462
votes against the 224,087 votes obtained
by his closest rival, Rayumund
Elected as Sangguniang
Panlalawign members were Rommel Padilla,
Rap-rap Villanueva and Belinda Palilio
in the First District; Ed Agliam and
Mario Ortiz, Second District; Edward
Thomas Joson and Jojo Matias, Third
District; and Froilan Nagaņo, Jr.,
Napoleon Interior, Jr. and John Carlo
Patiag. Fourth District. ###
candidates win all Ecija
Nueva Ecija's four
congressional districts will be
represented by congresswomen.
Estrellita Suansing won in the First
District, Micaela Violago in the Second
District, Rosanna Vergara in the Third
District and re-electionist Rep.
Magnolia Antonino in the Fourth
Suansing won over former
Rep. Josie Manuel-Joson; Violago over
her brother-in-law, Joselito Viiolago;
Vergara, wife of Cabanatuan City Mayor
Julius Cesar Veragara, defeated outgoing
Governor and former Third Dist. Rep.
Aurelio Umali. ###
A total of 15 neophyte
mayors won in the May 9 local elections
in Nueva Ecija.
The new municipal
mayors-elect are Gonzalo Moreno of
Aliaga, Ricardo Padilla of Bongabon,
Ramir Rivera of Cabiao ,Ferdinand Bote
of General Tinio, Flor Paguio-Esteban of
Cuyapo, Sylvia Austria of Jaen,
Alexander Daus of Laur, Eufemia Domingo
of Licab, Ronnie Pascual of Llanera,
Alex Rommel Romano of Lupao, Victor
Badar of Nampicuan, Roberto Agdipa of
Pantabangan and Marita Angeles of Santa
In the component cities,
the first-time mayors are Emerson
Pascual of Gapan City and Mario Salvador
of San Jose City. ###
Padilla's dad regains board seat
The father of actor Daniel
Padilla has regained his seat in the
Rommel Padilla got 149,644
votes, the highest among the members of
the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
He was first elected as
board member in 2007. He ran for
vice-governor in tandem with Edward
Thomas Joson in 2010 but lost.
His younger brother, Robin,
ran for vice governor in 1995 and also
The Padillas trace their
roots to Barangay Nagmisahan, Cuyapo
where their mother,
Eva Cariņo, lives. ###
Cabio mayor complains of
rival's alleged harassment and
The camp of re-electionist
Cabiao Mayor Gloria Crespo-Congco
complained of alleged harassment and
massive vote-buying by her rival on
Congco's group said her
rival, Ramil Rivera, was engaged in
vote-buying as reported by her legal
team in Barangays San Fernando Sur,
Sinipit and SanCarlos.
In San Fernando Sur, voters
were reportedly given P1,500 each to
vote for Rivera and his running-mate,
Angel dela Cruz.
Congco said that on the day
before the elections, she received a
threat by phone. She said she had
received similar calls in previous days.
Cruz, when asked to comment on the
allegations against him, said the
people who crowded the barangay hall
were voters who could not find their
names in the voters' list. ###
election day shooting recorded
A shooting incident
involving the groups of former San
Leonardo Mayor Elan Nagaņo and his
relartive, Amang Nagaņo, was reported in
San Leonado in the early morning of
Members of the Philippine
National Police and the Armed Forces of
the Philippines were conducting street
patrols when they received the report.
A group headed by Sr. Supt.
Manuel Cornel, provincial police
director, immediately went to Barangay
Mallorca to investigate the incident.
Two vehicles found in the
crime scene bore bullet marks.
A casualty was brought by
concerned citizens to Premiere General
Hospital in Cabanatuan City.
showed that the two groups had an
altercation along the Mallorca barangay
road, that resulted in the gun fight.
Coronel said the shooting
incident disappointed him after he asked
a peaceful election from all political
parties in the province. ###
sought on dubious volunteer ID cards
A group of Nueva Ecija
residents accompanied by a lawyer
filed a complaint with the
National Bureau of Investigation last
May 5, claiming that their personal
information had been leaked and printed
on volunteer ID cards purportedly coming
from Governor Aurelio Umali and Third
Dist. Rep. Czarina Umali.
Lawyer Junay Vernado asked
tdhe NBI Cybercrime Division to
investigate how the personal information
of thousands of Nueva Ecija residents
were obtained and printed on blue and
yellow ID cards allegedly being
distributed by Umali and his wife.
The complainants presented
around 5,100 blue ID cards and 1,300
yellow ID cards.
Verano said the residents
are bothered since the information on
the ID cards might have come from the
data leaked from the Commission on
Elections website when it was hacked
last March 27.
He said residents were told
that if they present their ID cards to
the Umalis and claim to be election
volunteers, each of them would receive
election officer relieved
Two days before the May 9
elections, the election officer of
General Tinio was removed from her post
after a mayoral candidate, former Mayor
Isidro Pajarillaga, accused her of
alleged partiality in favor of his
political rival, incumbent Vice Mayor
Jovencio Balanquit, acting
provincial election officer, said
Pajarillaga asked for the immediate
relief of Leonicia Ignacio, municipal
election assistant, citing various
alleged acts that tended to favor Bote.
Pajarillaga said members of
the local COMELEC office should be
neutral, non-partisan and not beholden
to any candidate.
Ignacio was subsequently
replaced by Melanie Palon as acting
election officer. ###
candidates' supporters strafed
Unidentified men strafed
the houses of two barangay chairs and a
supporter of a mayoral candidates in
separate incidents last May 5.
Sr. Supt. Manuel Cornel,
provincial police director, said two of
the attacks happened in General
Natividad and in Gapan City and Aliaga.
In General Natividad, the
house of Talabutab Norte Barangay Chair
Joel Villanueva was fired upon by
motorcycle-riding men at 2:30 A.M.
Villanueva is a known
supporter of former three-term Mayor
Librado Santos, husband of incumbent
Mayor Araceli Santos.
Insp. Froilan Tolentino,
town police deputy commander, said the
bullets hit the gate of the house,
destroying a tarpaulin with a photo of
the Santos couple.
One hour after,
motorcycle-riding men repeatedly shot
the steel gate of the house of Panacsac
Barangay Chair Renato Acosta.
Acosta recovered a
hand-written note saying, "Itigil ang
pagsuporta sa kandidatong corrupt. Pag
di tumigil patay."
In Gapan City, the house of
businessman Ronaldo Gonzales along
Camino Drive, Barangay San Nicolas, was
fired upon at 2:00 A.M.
Gonzales was said to be a
supported of mayoral candidate Emerson
In Aliaga, the house of
Fernando Miranda, a vegeable vendor, was
shot at by a motorcycle-riding suspect
in Sitio Kaingin, Barangay San Juan at
Miranda said he and his
wife were asleep when awakened by the
successive sounds of gunfire.
No one was hurt in any of
the incidents. ###
explodes at house of Talavera
ex-vice mayor's pa
A grenade exploded at the
house of the father of former Talavera
Vice Mayor Vince de Leon in the early
morning of May 7.
No one was hurt but the
blast damaged a Honda CRV sedan parked
at the garage of the house of
businessman Dioscoro de Leon, father of
the former vice mayor, in Purok 2,
The incident was reported
to the local police four hours later by
Louie Cortez, manager of LCC Security
De Leon's housemaid, Evalyn Corong, 23,
of Catarman,Samar and security guard on
duty, John Paul Somera, 20 of Dolores,
Santo Domingo were in the house when
they heard a loud explosion but ignored
It was only at 5:30 A.M.
when Corong attended to her household
chores that she saw that her master's
car was hit by a shrapnel.
Recovered from the scene
were a fuse assembly, a blasting cap and
metal fragments of an MK2 hand grenade.
up Gapan 'gathering'
A group allegedly gathering
voters in Gapan City last May 8 to bribe
them to vote for a certain candidate was
broken up by the police.
Sr. Supt. Manuel Cornel,
provincial police director, said the
gathering might cause an untoward
incident at any time so the police were
vigilant in protecting the people.
He said the gathering of
people in the guise of a meeting but
with vote-buying as the real agenda has
become a strategy of dirty politicians.
The people gathered at the
area fled when the police arrived.
No one was arrested. ###