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Allies of Nueva Ecija Guv Umali defect to Joson camp

Sep 16, 2015 @ 8:01

Four political allies of Nueva Ecija Gov. Aurelio Umali have switched sides and transferred to the Bagong Lakas ng Nueva Ecija (Balane) party of former governor Tomas Joson III.

Joson himself made this revelation during the birthday celebration of former 4th District Rep. Rodolfo Antonino, according to Punto! Gitnang Luzon.

Joson identified the “defectors” as Antonino, his daughter, 4th District Rep. Megan Antonino-Nadres; 2nd District Rep. Joseph Violago, and Cabanatuan City mayor Julius Cesar Vergara.

“Natutuwa ako sapagkat sa huling pagkakataon ng yugto ng aming buhay, ‘ yun pong mga tao na nagsilbing dahilan, nagsilbing paraan para yung mga Umali ay manatili sa pwesto, kasama uli’t ang Joson upang sila ang gumawa ng paraan para maalis na ang mga Umali sa ating pamahalaang panlalawigan,” Joson was quoted as saying.

Antonino used to be with the Josons before he allied with the Umalis.

The Umali and the Joson clans are bitter rivals in Nueva Ecija politics.

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 Jose Gay Padiernos.

Two Josons – board member Eduardo Rey and Dean – won in their bid for reelection and mayorship of Quezon, respectively.

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