Umalis, Josons meet up in vice guv’s mom’s wake
Considered Nueva Ecija’s bitter political rivals, members of the Umali and Joson clans had a “cordial encounter” during the wake of Vice Gov. Jose Gay Padierno’s mother last week, a local newspaper reported.
The Nueva Ecija Journal reported that Gov. Aurelio Umali was with his wife, 3rd District Rep. Czarina Umali, while former Vice Gov. Edward Thomas F. Joson was with his cousins, Board Member Eduardo Rey Joson and Quezon Mayor Dean Joson.
The two groups met at the Heritage Memorial Park chapel. Except for casual smiles and nod, no one uttered a word to anyone and they sat in separate tables.
Padiernos said the encounter showed that despite their political differences, the Umalis and the Josons maintain respect for each other.
“Regardless of our political affiliations, still we are a family and that’s why politics can’t divide us,” the vice governor was quoted as saying.
Umali said he didn’t give much thought on their chance encounter, saying it has been customary for him to meet with and greet people from other political camps.
“Yes, it was the first time we met after a long time. If he (Edward Thomas) was condoling with the family of the Padiernos, I, too, was condoling,” the incumbent governor said.
He said that in the past, he had also met other members of the Joson family such as former Gov. Tomas III, Mariano Cristino and former Rep. Eduardo Nonato.
In the 2013 elections, the Umalis won majority of the seats in the provincial government, effectively stopping the Josons’ 48-year political rule in the province.
The Umalis won the race for the gubernatorial and the congressional posts with Gov. Umali and his wife, Czarina, getting fresh mandates.
Umali beat 1st District Rep. Josie Manuel-Joson.
Manuel-Joson’s husband, then Quezon mayor Maria Cristino Joson, also lost to board member Estrellita Suansing in the 1st District congressional race.
Former vice governor Eduardo Joson IV also lost by a landslide in the vice gubernatorial contest to Umali’s running mate Padiernos.
Two Josons – board member Eduardo Rey and Dean – won in their bid for reelection and mayorship of Quezon, respectively.
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