‘Open season’ seen on non-LP governors’



San Juan Representative Joseph Victor Ejercito. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — It’s “open season” against non-Liberal Party (LP) governors in vote-rich provinces.

San Juan Rep. Joseph Victor Ejercito said that a “sinister pattern” was emerging from high-profile jueteng probe on Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino and the suspension of Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Gracia initiated by Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II.

“The two governors are not from Liberal Party and they both come from vote-rich provinces. This is too much of a coincidence; the only question is who’s next on the hit list?” asked Ejercito in a phone interview.

Ejercito said that Roxas’ “bias” against non-LP politicians was obvious considering that he was the LP chair;  he remained wishful of being the vice president (Roxas’ electoral protest against Vice President Jejomar Binay is still pending); and that he was being groomed as President Benigno Aquino III’s successor in 2016.

“Obviously, all these moves are political in nature. I have yet to see an LP member charged,” said Ejercito.

According to Ejercito, there are governors who have the same profile as those of Espino and Garcia and could be the next LP’s targets for “harassment” before the elections. “Cavite, Quezon, and Pampanga are vote-rich provinces and they have governors who are not LP members,” said Ejercito, a senatorial bet of the United Nationalist Alliance. Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda is a member of Lakas; Cavite Gov. Juanito Victor Remulla is a member of the Nacionalista Party; and Quezon Gov. David Suarez is a member of the National Unity Party.

Minority Leader Danilo Suarez agreed with Ejercito’s perception that the moves against Espino (a member of Nationalist People’s Coalition) and Garcia (Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan) were politically motivated. Considering that the investigation of Espino and the suspension of Garcia were made two months before the start of the campaign, Suarez said that the LP bets running against these incumbent governors would get a boost from Roxas. Both Espino and Garcia are heavy favorites to get re-elected in contrast to their LP rivals, Alaminos Mayor Hernani Braganza in Pangasinan and Hilario Davide III in Cebu.

Suarez’s son is the Quezon governor and he is running against LP candidate Irvin Alcala, son of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, in 2013.

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  • padrefaura

    sobra dumi ng pulitika.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FQQPZLNOMD2EBFTHSWOP6QGZWY Marshall

    si Erap dapat hinde binigyan ng pardon sa kanyang sintensya pra sa PLUNDER…pandarambong..sintensyado na,,binigyan ng pardon ng isang pekeng presidente…ngayon napakayabang pang nagmamataas….HAMBOG TALAGA….nung sinentisyahan sya humagulhol sya ng iyak…nagpaawa kay PANDAKEKOK..ngayon tayog na naman ng kapalaluan,,,sa susunod mongn paglagapak ..ewaN NA LANG ….

  • sidewalkbenhur

    bakit ganoon may sinumulang imbestigasyon sasabihin nang kabila politically motivated,kung manipis ang balat ninyo huwag mamulitika ,yang politicak dynasty sa atin e sobra na ,akala nils sila lang ang marunong magpatakbo nang bayan

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    waste of time to read…. what I can say to this politician, he also handle LGU before he became congressman because of his father convicted plunder Joseph Estrada.

    He knows up to what point or level his authority as Mayor of San JUan…. for me, better to discuss to the netizens the grounds that the Cebu gobernor will be under suspension. Not this Political motives by parties….its a common to hear pOLITICAL HARASSMENT, pOLITICAL MOTIVE.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZF4OTGY4BREFE42RXP7FZJKFY Ding

    so, kung may mga kakilala pa na ‘governors who have the same profiles as Espino and Garcia’ lumantad na at maging witnesses na lamang sa mga illegal gamblings.   Kapag mayro’ng nacha-charge ng any crime against the people, ganyan ang lagi nilang sinasabi — political harassment.  Ang higit na nakakahiya ay ang maging tagapagtanggol ng mga kasong nakakahiya, at siyempre pa ‘yung mga may kasong nakakahiya…’yan naman ay kung mayro’n silang kahihiyan.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5TENDBNOVQRJEKFPV76D2N4XUM Socorro

    Tama ka dyan, even I do not like you and your father but I do agree with you. Everything is for an LP big win in the election, even the PNP chief minadali ang pagpalit. So what if the previous chief will overstay, sadly hindi sya kaibigan at kabarilan, so exit na agad sya. Filipinos are thinking people and yet they are making us look fools and tanga. nakakainis sila.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NWS5555HSDDFIVPBZEC2QPBOGM Nelson

    What is this JV Ejercito or Estrada (whatever his family name is) talking about? Espino and Gwen Garcia are warlords and jueteng lords. There are substantial proofs against them. Regarding your Jojo Binay, that poor boy turned billionaire, well, just wait we’ll show all of the skeletons in his closet. No matter how skilled a lawyer Binay is just like Corona he will eventually fall.

    Well, all political crooks uniformly cry “politically motivated demolition jobs” when they get caught! If they’re not guilty, why should they worry. Refute all charges and not make naked alibis! Anyway, these political crooks all have batteries of highly paid lawyers that can twist and bend almost anything.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/5TENDBNOVQRJEKFPV76D2N4XUM Socorro

      Why move only now when there are evidences na pala? What else would you call it? Hay naku please wake up and try to think twice on what yoyr Pinoy and LP candidates are doing.

  • Pogi=”No To Political Dynasty”

    HOY JV, kung umasta ka akala mo ikaw na ay isang senador o presidente ng Pinas! Pinapakita mo lang na ang iyon GANG na UNA ay papabor sa mga illigal na gawain tulad ng droga, pangungurakot, sugal tulad ng jueteng.
    Porke pasok ka sa survey ang yabang mo na. Sana magising ang mamamayan na hindi nakukuha sa yabang at gandang lalaki.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Ang issue dito ay totoo ba ang mga charges? Espino sa jueteng at Gwendolyn sa usurpation.
    Yung sinasabi mong mga susunod na governors, baka may issue din?
    Insecured kayo no!
    Support anti-dynasty movement.

  • napali808

    Here we go; politics rears its ugly head again. Ejercito warned that a sinister pattern is brewing. He’s stirring the pot to cause confusion over government’s strong case against Espino the Jueteng King and other corrupt politicians. Definitely he’s pro-corruption; like father like son eh. We need to help the government weed out this undesirables to move forward. This is also why we need the anti-dynasty law, because blood relationship comes first above all.

  • EdgarEdgar

    UNA’s complaint against LP’s power grab in order to control vote-rich provinces is not entirely without merit. Below are the top 25 vote-rich provinces based COMELEC’s 2010 registered voters and provinces. Cebu and Pangasinan are the top 2 vote-rich provinces (outside NCR) whose governors are not allied with the administration. DILG Mar Roxas’s extraordinary zealousness these days against the two governors might just be a coincidence. But knowing Mar, UNA cannot help but suspect something else is going on. Should the other governors who are not allied with the administration brace for DILG’s direct or indirect harassment? Time will tell.

    Registered Voters (in millions) / Province

    5.91M – NCR*                                         0.94M – LEYTE
    2.36M – CEBU                                        0.90M – CAMARINES SUR   
    1.61M – PANGASINAN                         0.89M – ILOILO
    1.45M – LAGUNA                                   0.79M – ISABELA
    1.43M – BULACAN                                0.74M – MISAMIS ORIENTAL
    1.39M – CAVITE                                     0.73M – SOUTH COTABATO
    1.37M – DAVAO DEL SUR                   0.70M – BUKIDNON
    1.37M – BATANGAS                              0.70M – BOHOL
    1.31M – NUEVA ECIJA                          0.69M – ALBAY
    1.23M – RIZAL                                         0.63M – NEGROS ORIENTAL
    1.22M – PAMPANGA                             0.61M – TARLAC
    1.01M – QUEZON

    *Info on NCR breakdown per city is not available in COMELEC website.

  • ED_almansa

    Habang tumatagal, parami ng parami ang mga kaaway ni Sec. Mar Roxas.
    Don’t be bad Sec. Mar, liliit ang mundo mo.

  • Guest

    Before, it was Pangasinan Gov. Espino now it’s Cebu Gov Gwen Garcia.
    Who’s next Sec. Mar Roxas?

  • wanglee

    Pag Corrupt ka ayaw mo tanggalin ang mga jeting lord. Ito ang mga nakinabang sa jueting.Hindi Ito politics ito ay para matanggal ang corrupt.

    • ManongOsang


      You are in the 20% of Filipinos na MAY-ISIP!

      Ang 80%, sila ang reason kaya WALANG Mangyari sa Pilipinas!!!

      UMIIYAK sa Corruption, yet, pag hinabol mo ang mga corrupt- SILA ang napakadaling paikutin!!!

      When 70% of the electorate is either uneducated or has very little intelligence- its HOPELESS!

      WAIT until we have President Binay & VP Jinggoy & an UNA Majority sa Senado..

      Makikita ninyo na mas masahol pa si Binay kay kay GMA & Erap.

  • Guest

    Anne5220Let’s attack them! That’s the battle cry of LP and Sec. Mar Roxas these
    days! Good luck for your dirty tricks!


  • ManongOsang

    KAWAWANG Pilipinas !  NEVER Will the Philippines become a Japan, Taiwan, Australia, UK or the United States when it comes to ELIMINATING Corruption !!!!

    Why is that ??? This is a PERFECT EXAMPLE ! And this has been REPEATED AGAIN & AGAIN year after year !  You know what’s SAD ??? Filipinos CLAIM that they want to END Corruption. Filipinos CLAIM that they want to END the CYCLE of DIRTY, CORRUPT Politicians.

    Pero pag ganito na……….. NAKIKITA niyo ba kung gaano ka dami pa rin ang NAG-PAPAUTO pag dumadaing ang isang Pulitikong nahuling nag-nakaw????

    Mar Roxas- who just like Pnoy has NEVER HAD issues with Integrity Nor Corruption….

    Now compare Mar & Pnoy to the likes of the EJERCITOS, ESTRADAS, BINAY’S , ENRILE’s etc.

    Pero tignan mo ang REACTION ng mga MASANG PILIPINO & Even people here…

    NGAYON si Mar pa ang masama. Ngayon si Mar pa ang lumalabas na Masama !!!

    The Late Robredo himself STRONGLY RECOMMENDED the suspension of Gov. Garcia because of ANOMALIES. Si Espino, BY ALL Accounts, coming from mayors, the catholic priests & Nuns of the Province, from no less than NGO’s in the province.

    But itong ating mga kababayan NAPAKADALING LOKOHIN at PAIKUTIN ng Pulitiko.

    Every Politician who is CAUGHT CRIES  PERSECUTION daw & INNOCENT Daw….

    ONLY in the PHILIPPINES !!!!!

    You will NOT find a GOVERNOR in any State of the United States DEFYING the Government… they would IMMEDIATELY RESIGN!



    They will turn it into a Political thing dahil NAPAKARAMING  TANGA AT GAGONG PILIPINO who easily believe everything !!!

    Si Binay, siya pa ang pinapakinggan ng maraming masamang pilipino over the HONORABLE Woman Heidi Mendoza!

    Si Mar Roxas- MATINO, si Robredo MATINO, si PNOY matino… Pero maraming masa sina Estrada, Binay, Garcia, Espino pa rin ang paniniwalaan!

    The PHILIPPINES IS HOPELESS!!!  Filipino politicians ALWAYS look at ME FIRST before Country!

    Walang HONOR !  Ang they take advantage of the 80% of Filipino voters who are simply STUPID!!!!

  • disqusted0fu

    its that time of the year! non LP governors in vote-rich provinces better watch out because the wrath of  the Aquino administration is coming for you and will bring all of you down one by one. its clearly happening right in our faces but of course the administration will deny the best of it.

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