2010 gubernatorial race
final: Oyie vs. Edward
Gov. Aurelio M. Umali and
his party mates filed their certificates of candidacy (COC) last November
26 under his newly formed Unang Sigaw (Partido ng Pagbabago) party, in
alliance with the administration's LAKAS-KAMPI-CMD.
Speaking before filing his
COC, Umali said that the new party stands for respect for the rule of law
and order, participatory government, utilization of people power, pursuit
of sustainable livelihood opportunities and progress and tranquility.
Umali was accompanied by
his wife, Third Dist. Rep. Czarina Umali who is running for re-election;
Emmanuel Antonio, her brother-in law who is running for Third District
board member; former three term Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members Jose Bernardo
Yango and Aurora Aleta; reelectionist board members Eric Salazar, Juanito
Juatco and Racquel Agapito; and first time SP candidates Nap Ocampo and
Meanwhile Vice Gov. Edward
Thomas F. Joson and his running mate, Senior Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member
Rommel Padilla, filed their certificates of candidacy under the banner
of Bagong Lakas ng Nueva Ecija (BALANE) last November 29.
With Joson were his wife
and daughter, his father Tomas III, mother May, aunt Josie Manuel-Joson,
former Vice Governors Mariano Cristino and Eduardo IV, businessman Rey
Joson and other BALANE candidates.
In an earlier talk with the
media, Joson said that he could have won hands down as a reelectionist
vice governor but decided to run for governor because "I could no longer
bear seeing Umali win a second and third term in the Capitol to the detriment
of Novo Ecijanos". ###
proclaims Joson-Padilla tandem
The Joson-led Bagong Lakas
ng Nueva Ecija (BALANE) proclaimed Vice Gov. Edward Thomas F. Joson and
Sr. Board Member and actor Rommel Padilla as its official candidates for
governor and vice governor last November 24.
Joson, in accepting the nomination
to be the BALANE standard bearer, said that his decision to run is a fight
for Novo Ecijanos who expected to receive support from the incumbent governor
but went home frustrated.
“My candidacy is a fight
of many Novo Ecijanos who went to the provincial Capitol to seek the help
of the incumbent but who were unable to see him because he was inaccessible.
It is a fight of Novo Ecijanos who chanced upon him but could not enter
the governor's office because of red tape. And it is a fight for the poor
and helpless people who brought with them medical receipts for health services
but who were sadly turned away,” he said.
Joson said that the fight
against Umali is also a campaign against the governor's civil security
unit and for the welfare of local government units which failed to get
their just share of taxes from the quarrying operations of the provincial
The proclamation was attended
by former Gov. Tomas N. Joson III, the party's chair emeritus; First Dist.
Rep. Eduardo Nonato Joson; former Vice Gov.. Mariano Cristino Joson and
Eduardo Joson IV; former First Dist. Rep. Josie Manuel-Joson; Fourth Dist.
Rep. Rodolfo Antonino; and board members and municipal mayors.
Also proclaimed were the
party's congressional candidates composed of Josie Manuel-Joson for the
First District, Leopoldo Tomas for the Second District, Eduardo “Ding Liit”
Joson IV for the Third District, and incumbent Rep. Rody Antonino
for the Fourth District. ###
blast damages house of election official
A grenade explosion damaged
the house of election officer Perfecto Gijapon in Barangay Sinipit, Bongabon
Sr. Insp. Armando Santiago,
town police chief, said that the blast happened at 9:30 PM while Gijapon,
62, was watching television with his wife and children. An unidentified
motorcycle riding man stopped in front of his house and hurled a hand grenade,
destroying a wall and shattering windows.
No one was hurt in the attack.
Investigators are determining
if the blast was connected to the May 2010 elections. ###
election officers reshuffled
A total of 22 election officers
in Nueva Ecija were given new assignments.
Lawyer Fernando F. Co-tom,
who assumed the post of provincial election supervisor last September 3,
said that the affected election officers were those who had been in their
posts for over two years.
Among those affected by the
reshuffle was Gapan City election officer Belen Rivera who was transferred
to the Science City of Muñoz. Her replacement was Leonardo Navarro
who used to be the election officer of Guimba.
In Bongabon, election officer
Pacifico Gijapon, whose house was targeted in a grenade throwing incident,
was reassigned to Zaragosa.
Also reshuffled were the
election officers of the cities of Palayan and Muñoz and the
towns of Cuyapo, Guimba, Nampicuan, Quezon, Talavera, Zaragosa, Carranglan,
Lupao, Pantabangan, Rizal, Talugtog, Gabaldon, Gen. Natividad, Laur, Santa
Rosa, Cabiao, Jaen, Peñaranda, San Antonio, San Isidro and San Leonardo.
Retained in their present
posts were the election officers of the cities of Cabanatuan and San Jose
and the towns of Llanera, Sto. Domingo, Gen. Tinio, Aliaga and Licab. ###
condemn Maguindanao massacre
Ecijanos, including officials, were one in condemning the politically motivated
massacre of some 57 people, including a big number of journalists, in Maguindanao.
Gov. Edward Thomas F. Joson, in a radio program over a local station, called
on the country's peace and order officials to act fast and bring to justice
the perpetrators of the worst election related killings in the country's
his part, former Gov. Tomas N. Joson III said that the two week euphoria
over the victory of boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and the selection of
Efren Peñaflorida as 2009 CNN Hero of the Year was ruined by the
Maguindanao incident that tended to tarnish the image of the country before
the entire world. ###
gives 10 year jail term to ex-Muñoz mayor
The Sandiganbayan Fourth
Division found former Science City of Muñoz Mayor Efren Alvarez
guilty of graft for awarding a government contract to an unlicensed construction
company without public bidding 13 years ago.
The anti-graft court sentenced
Alvarez to a 10 year jail term and perpetually disqualified him from holding
public office. He was also ordered to reimburse the city more than
The Sandiganbayan observed
that the Office of the Ombudsman should have included in the case the entire
Sangguniang Panglunsod of Muñoz since "it has conspired if not abetted
all the actions of the accused in all his dealings with (the company) to
the damage and prejudice of the municipality."
The case arose from the awarding
of a P240 million contract to the Australian-Professional Incorporated
(API) under the build-operate-transfer scheme for the construction of the
Wag-wag Shopping Mall in 1996.
The prosecution said that
API did not have a construction license based on records of the Philippine
Construction Accreditation Board, nor was there a public bidding for the
The Sandiganbayan noted that
API did not submit a complete project proposal and the company was in existence
for only a little more than three months at that time and had not completed
a single project.
In handing down its decision,
the court said, "If the general welfare of the municipality and its inhabitants
was the priority of the accused, he should not have pushed for the acceptance
and approval of the API's proposal and entered into the contract when he
knew that it was not qualified and the laws were ignored." ###
supervisor shot dead
An unidentified gunman killed
a supervisor of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) while he was
inspecting a water control area at a dam site in Barangay Tayabo, San Jose
City last November 17.
Supt. Sidney Villaflor, city
police chief, identified the victim as Eng. Loreto Almario Cabrera, residing
at the NIA Compound in the Science City of Muñoz.
The victim's companion at
the time of the incident, Reynaldo Encarnacion Esmilla, 47, NIA gatekeeper
and a resident of the dam site, said that Cabrera was conducting an inspection
when the suspect on board a motorcycle arrived, pulled out a gun and shot
the victim at close range. The suspect then immediately drove away.
Authorities are looking into
the motive for the killing. ###
reverses ruling on Santa Rosa murder case
The Supreme Court reversed
the resolution of former Justice Sec. Simeon Datumanong in 2003 clearing
a Nueva Ecija policeman and a barangay chair of complicity in the murder
of a Santa Rosa woman.
The decision written by Associate
Justice Diosdado M. Peralta for the Third Division ordered Justice Sec.
Agnes Devanadera to direct the City Prosecutor of Manila to prosecute SPO1
Roel D. Acosta and former Barangay Chair Numeriano Sapiandante for murder
and withdraw the motion it earlier filed with a Manila court withdrawing
the murder charges against the two.
The lower court had suspended
the issuance of arrest warrants against the two suspects while awaiting
the resolution of a petition filed by the family of the victim criticizing
the justice secretary's dismissal of their complaint for insufficiency
The victim, Bernadette M.
Dimatulac, was watching television inside the church of the Kaibigan Foundation,
Inc. in Barangay San Mariano, Santa Rosa on the night of May 4, 2000 when
Acosta, armed with a gun, approached her and repeatedly shot her.
Acosta and Sapiandante. who
drove the getaway vehicle, were positively identified by witnesses. However,
when the case was reviewed by Datumanong, he doubted the testimony of the
witnesses resulting in the dismissal of the murder case.
In reversing the justice
secretary's dismissal of the case, the Supreme Court said “The matter of
assigning value to the declaration of a witness is best done by the trial
court which can assess such testimony in the light of the demeanor, conduct
and attitude of the witness at the trial stage.” ###
trader loses P.5 to robber
A woman trader from Talavera
lost over half a million pesos to a holdup man in Cabanatuan City last
Lourdes dela Cruz of Barangay
La Torre, Talavera had just withdrawn P537,000 from a Banco de Oro branch
in Barangay Dicarma, Cabanatuan City when the suspect poked a knife at
her after she boarded a tricycle.
It was the third robbery
recorded in the city in three weeks.
Last November 11, the B.L.
Pawn Shop and Money Changer in Barangay Supermarket was robbed by three
men. Two of the hold uppers and the shop owner, Ben Angayon, were killed.
Another suspect and a shop employee, Jeth Malig, were wounded in a shoot-out.
Earlier, the water district
manager of Jaen town and his wife were robbed of P600,000 that they had
just withdrawn from Land Bank of the Philippines.
Supt. Efren Ramos, Cabanatuan
police chief, called on local traders to immediately inform the police
when making huge bank withdrawals. ###
Leonardo tot drowns at height of Pacquiao-Cotto fight
A four year old boy drowned
while his parents were busy watching the Pacquiao-Cotto fight last September
15 in Barangay San Anton, San Leonardo.
It was learned that at about
2:15 PM, while everyone was intensely watching the televised fight, the
boy, Jonard Ciriaco Morillo of Purok 4, Barangay San Anton, was playing
with a cousin beside the Pampanga River when he slipped and fell into the
The cousin shouted for help
but this was unnoticed as everyone was busy watching the boxing bout.
By the time help arrived,
the victim was nowhere to be found. A flash alarm for the recovery
of the boy's body was sent to adjacent towns along the river. ###