sets eyes on dismantling
Dist. Rep. Eduardo Nonato Joson said that he is "90 percent certain" that
he will not run for reelection so there will be one less Joson official
in the province.
Admitting that this will
not sit well with his relatives, he said that he is determined to set an
example on how a political dynasty and monopoly can be slowly dismantled.
Joson said that political
dynasties are tolerable but what is not good is political monopoly.
He vowed to spearhead the
passage of bills designed to end political dynasties and give life to the
anti-political dynasty provisions of the Constitution.
Joson said that in most of
the years under the Joson political dynasty’s administration, Nueva Ecija
became better known for political violence.
He challenged political clans
in the country to abandon their dynasties by not running in next year’s
elections and giving way to others for a chance to govern.
He challenged President Gloria
Arroyo and former President Joseph Estrada to lead their respective families
in the anti-dynasty campaign.
The Joson dynasty started
with Eduardo "Tatang" Joson who became governor in 1959. In a span of many
years, two members of Joson family have been elected governor, two as vice
governor, and two as congressmen.
In May 2010, a number of
Josons are expected to run for different positions in the province under
the BALANE party which they founded in 1987.
Former Rep. Josie Manuel-Joson
will run as governor with her nephew and incumbent vice governor, Edward,
as her running mate. Her husband Boyet will run for mayor of Quezon
officials favor COMELEC control
Though Nueva Ecija officials
expressed differing opinions on the inclusion of the province in the list
of potential election hot spots in 2010, they agreed that it is up
to Commission on Election to place the province under its control if necessary,
to ensure peaceful polls.
Fourth Dist. Rep. Rodolfo
Antonino said that the inclusion of the province in the list of hot spots
is just a recommendation of the Philippine National Police but if the COMELEC
accepts this, then there is nothing that can be done to prevent this as
the commission is an independent body.
Former Gov. Tomas N. Joson
III blamed the inclusion of the province in the list of hot spots to the
series of killings that happened in the two years that Gov. Aurelio Umali
has been in power.
Joson cited the killings
of a government engineer in 2007, a number of incumbent and former barangay
chairs, a former board member, a former vice mayor in Cabiao and a brother
of the Pantabangan mayor. He said that these cases have remained unsolved.
Pantabangan Mayor Romeo Borja,
for his part, also favors placing the province under COMELEC control. ###
say no to Umali-Umali tandem
Officials allied with the
Umali administration have strongly opposed the plan of Gov. Aurelio Umali
to tap his younger brother, Anthony, as his running mate in 2010.
The officials threatened
to pull out their support for Umali's re-election bid and leave Lakas-Kampi-CMD
if he does not drop the plan.
Second Dist. Rep. Joseph
Gilbert Violago said, "We don't want an Umali-Umali ticket because it is
against the principles that we championed and espoused during the 2007
“When we introduced change
in 2007, we were one in asking, is it only the Josons who should govern
Nueva Ecija? Now if he (Umali) goes for Umali-Umali, bahala na lang
siyang mangampanya sa kapatid niya,” he added.
The other officials also
opposing the move are Cabanatuan City Mayor Jay Vergara, former San Jose
City Mayor Alexander Belena and Jose "Popoy" Taruc, Umali's running mate
in the 2007 elections. ###
reacts to Joson's latest tirade
This was Gov. Aurelio Umali's
reaction to the failing grade that he got from Vice Gov. Edward Thomas
F. Joson on his second year of running the province.
"Sino ba siya para magbigay
ng grado, pareho lang silang halal ng bayan. Siya ba, ano ang nagawa niya
-- gipitin ang aking pamamahala. Mahirap sa kanila hanggang ngayon ‘di
pa nila matanggap na tinalo sila ni Oyie, landslide!” Umali fumed.
Joson had criticized what
he perceived as Umali's shortcomings in various aspects of administration
including education, where the governor allegedly distributed substandard
school bags, and agriculture, where he accused the governor of allowing
onion smuggling because of the presence of imported onions in his warehouse
in Santa Rosa. ###
ranks 3rd in number of Influenza (A1H1) cases in CL
Though a community outbreak
of Influenza A(H1N1) was first declared in Nueva Ecija, the province now
ranks only third in the region in the number of cases.
The Department of Health
reported that the incidence of the disease in Pampanga rose from 8 to 101
cases in just two weeks.
Bulacan came in second with
35 cases; Nueva Ecija, 30; Bataan, 20; Zambales, 17; and Tarlac, two. Only
Aurora remained Influenza A(H1N1) free.
The health department also
said that most of the victims are male.
Dr. Rio Magpantay, regional
health director, said 96 percent of the victims are recovering from the
SB secretary sacked
The Civil Service Commission
(CSC) Central Luzon regional office dismissed from the service the Sangguniang
Bayan secretary of Cabiao for dishonesty, grave misconduct, falsification
of official documents and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the
The town official, Franco
Salvador, Jr. allegedly faked his civil service eligibility in his personal
data sheet (PDS), claiming that he passed the career service professional
examinations that he took in Quezon City on January 20, 2003, with a rating
of 80 percent. The PDS was the basis for his appointment as Sangguniang
However, a check with the
CSC master list of examination takers and passers could not find the name
of Salvador. It was discovered that the examination code on Salvador's
PDS with the supposed certificate of eligibility turned out to be different
from the codes used by the CSC central office and its branch in the National
The CSC Nueva Ecija field
office filed an administrative case against Salvador on January 5, 2005.
Though he was asked by the field office to comment on why he should not
be administratively charged, he failed to do so until September 24, 2008
when the CSC regional office had already ended its investigation of his
The CSC said that Salvador's
denials and alibis were negative and self-seving and could ot be given
evidentiary weight over the evidence presented against him.
“The act of Salvador making
a false statement in one’s PDS renders an employee liable for falsification,”
the decision said.
Salvador also stands to lose
his retirement benefits and faces perpetual disqualification from government
employment and taking any future civil service examination. ###
land mines found in Bongabon
Army soldiers recovered six
homemade land mines that had been buried in Barangay Digmala, Bongabon.
Brig. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista,
commander of the Army's 702nd Infantry Brigade, said that the location
of the explosives was identified by a New People's Army rebel who recently
The retrieval operations
were conducted by an explosive ordnance disposal team aided by bomb-sniffing
The recovered land mines
weighed five to seven kilograms each, powerful enough to blow up large
vehicles including military trucks and passenger buses.
Army authorities said that
the explosives were so well hidden that they could not be located by land
The rebel surrenderee said
that communist terrorists planned to use the land mines against government
forces passing through the Pantabangan-Canili-Baler Road. ###
bodies of summary killings found
The bodies of a man and a
woman were separately found in different places in Nueva Ecija. Investigators
believe that the victims were killed elsewhere and their bodies dumped
to confuse authorities.
The body of a man was found
in the middle of the road in Sitio Embuscado, Barangay Caalibangbangan,
Cabanatuan City at about 5:30 AM. The body bore numerous stab wounds, with
neck marks showing that the victim had been strangled. The body was clad
in a T-shirt marked "RICOMO" in front and "Staff" at the back and brown
pants. A tattoo was found on the right forearm.
At about 6:00 AM the same
day. Barangay Chair Dionisio Buan of San Felipe, Aliaga reported the discovery
of a woman's body with gunshot wound in the head. The victim was about
5'2" in height and wearing a white T-shirt. ###
barangay councilman wanted for child rape
A former barangay official
in Gapan City is being hunted by authorities for seven incidents of rape
and acts of lasciviousness involving girls aged 9 to 13.
Tracker police teams have
been sent to trace Lito Perez, a former kagawad of Barangay Santo. Niño.
Police said that based on
investigations, Perez was involved in at least seven incidents of rape
and molestation. However, only three of the victims filed formal charges
against him. The three were confirmed to have been raped based on medical
It was learned that Perez
bribed the victims P30 to P100 to have sex with them. The molestation
started last March and went on until this month.
Sr. Insp. Adelina de Guzman,
Womens' and Children's Desk officer of the Gapan police, said that the
crimes were discovered when a mother overheard the victims talking about
the money they received rom Perez every time they were molested. The mother
sought the help of the Department of Social Welfare and Development which,
in turn, referred her to the city police. ###
Rosa market stalls robbed
Nine stalls in the Santo
Rosa public market were robbed during the early hours of June 30.
Police arrested two of the
three suspects identified by a witness. The third managed to escape.
Those arrested were Joemar
Anaceto Buenaventura and Armando Batan Fajardo alias Bornok, both 19 years
old and residents of Barangay Cojuangco, Santa Rosa.
SPO2 Junjun Adalem said that
the stalls victimized belonged to Nila Hernal of Barangay Lourdes, who
lost P25,000 in cash; Prescila Flores of Barangay Rizal; Marivic Cajucom
of Barangay San Gregorio, who lost P15,000; Narciso Encarnacion of Barangay
Soledad; Leonila Faulo of Barangay Cojuangco; Maribeth Panahon of Barangay
Rizal; Rose Belito Diñon of Barangay Rizal; and Analyn Villavicencio
and Eugene Mendoza, both of Barangay Tabuating, San Leonardo. ###
gay arrested for threatening another gay
A 32 year old gay man was
charged with alarm and scandal after he was arrested for chasing another
gay man, armed with two forks.
Arrested was Rommel Damo
Bautista, a beautician of Barangay Saranay District, Guimba. Recovered
from him were two forks which he used in threatening Roy Rosete alias Rowena
with whom he quarreled.
Investigation showed that
Bautista and Rosete had a heated argument at about 11:40 PM that led to
the two slapping each other. Bautista then took two forks from a nearby
congee stand and ran after Rosete, scaring the customers there.
A police patrol that happened
to pass by arrested Bautista but Rosete managed to escape. ###