Saturday, August 31, 2013
PALAYAN CITY – A relative of Nueva Ecija Gov. Aurelio Umali won reelection as president of the provincial chapter of the Philippine Councilors’ League by beating a staunch ally of the governor’s former ally-turned-rival, Cabanatuan Mayor Julius Cesar Vergara.
Sta. Rosa Councilor Peter Marcus Matias obtained 196 out of a possible 331 votes to win by landslide over veteran Cabanatuan Councilor Ariel Severino in elections held at the Nueva Ecija Convention Center here.
The polls were conducted by the Department of the Interior and Local Governments, led by Central Luzon assistant regional director and Nueva Ecija director Dr. Abraham Pascua sitting as chairman of the three-man PCL Commission on Elections. Also sitting as members were Cabanatuan Councilor Angelito Saclolo Jr. and Sangguniang Panlalawigan secretary, lawyer Rainier Esguerra.
As PCL provincial federation president, Matias will sit as ex-officio member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. He won a first term in 2010.
Majority of Matias’ slate swept the available elective posts from vice president to the directors. Elected vice president was Councilor Ferdinand Dysico of San Jose City.
The others were Talavera Councilor Amador Allan Reyes (secretary general), Jaen Councilor Claudia Gonzales (treasurer), Guimba Councilor Florante Agapito (auditor), Cabanatuan Councilor Christian Jan Cecilio (pro), Sto. Domingo Councilor Edgardo de Leon (business manager) and councilors Ofelia Manayao (Peñaranda), Ma. Kristine Regalado (Zaragoza), John Carlo Patiag (San Isidro), Romaric Capinpin (Palayan City), Cleofe felix (Llanera), Romulo Maglalang (Gapan City), Cesar Cajucom (Aliaga) and Benedicto Laurena (Science City of Muñoz).
The new set of officers took their oaths before PCL national representative Ariel Arceo. – Manny Galvez
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