Joson faces Umali in 2010 Nueva Ecija gubernatorial polls

November 30, 2009 6:28 am 

CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija, Nov. 29 — It’s final, Vice Governor Edward Thomas Joson, the eldest son of former four-term Governor Tomas Joson III, will slug it out with incumbent Governor Aurelio Umali in the 2010 elections.

Joson, along with his vice gubernatorial bet, actor and senior board member Rommel Padilla, and other Bagong Lakas ng Nueva Ecija (Balane) candidates for congressional and provincial positions filed their certificates of candidacy (COCs) with the provincial Commission on Elections (Comelec) office at the old Capitol compound here Saturday.

Umali, who is seeking reelection under the Unang Sigaw, Partido ng Pagbabago, filed his COC last Thursday.

The Umali camp got an early tease from Joson for the latter's supposed failure to complete his line-up for next year's polls during the filing of his COC.

“Kami, kumpleto (We are complete),” Joson said.

Joson came with his wife and daughter, along with the other Josons, namely his father, former four-time Governor Tomas III, mother May, come-backing former three-term Congresswoman Josie Manuel-Joson, former Vice Governors Mariano Cristino and Eduardo IV, businessman Rey Joson and the other candidates of the Bagong Lakas ng Nueva Ecija.

Manuel-Joson and Eduardo IV are running for Congress in the first and third congressional districts, respectively; Mariano Cristino as mayor of Quezon town, and Rey, son of outgoing first district Rep. Eduardo Nonato as board member in his father’s district.

Umali, on the other hand, was accompanied by his wife, incumbent third district Rep. Czarina Umali, and brother Emmanuel Antonio in going to the Comelec office.

Also filing their respective COCs under Joson's line–up are former three-term board members Jose Bernardo Yango and Aurora Aleta, reelectionist board members Eric Salazar, Juanito Juatco and Racquel Agapito, and first-timers Nap Ocampo and Perry Hernandez.

Following the filing of the COCs, Vice Governor Joson said they are confident of wresting back control of the Capitol from its present occupant, adding he would not allow Umali to beat him twice over, referring to his 2001 defeat to the governor.

He also called on Umali to show up in a forum sponsored by civic and religious groups so they could freely discuss issues in the province, including the alleged obstructionism in the Joson-led Sangguniang Panlalawigan. .

“I hope he will face me in a forum so we could shed light on the various issues involving the Capitol, the SP and Nueva Ecija,” he said. (PNA)

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