Ex-Ecija gov forgives ‘false accuser’

CABANATUAN CITY -- Come backing former Gov. Aurelio M. Umali said he has already forgiven Josephine DJ. Libunao for alleged sins in falsely accusing him, his brother Vice Mayor Emmanuel Antonio M. Umali and 20 others in an administrative and criminal case that stemmed from a 2016 gift-giving activity by the Department of Social Welfare and Development which was later junked by the Office of the Ombudsman in a joint order released last week.

“There is a struggle from within, sometimes you want to make a statement pero kakayanin ko siyang patawarin, hindi ko lang alam sa ibang kasamahan ko, sila Vice Doc Anthony, si Kuya Ramon Garcia at iba pa,” said Umali, referring to Libunao, a staff member of City Mayor Julius Cesar V. Vergara, who filed the said “politically-motivated” complaint which was dismissed by the anti-graft body in a resolution signed by Ombudsman Samuel R. Martires on January 25, 2019.

Umali thanked the Ombudsman for vindicating them and also his province-mates for their continued support and for his part would like to put the said issue to rest and just move on.

The former governor, who is eyeing a Capitol comeback this May midterm polls with Emmanuel Antonio as his running mate under an Umali-Umali slate, said he hopes Libunao will have the conscience to reflect on what she did and for needlessly involving the others in the case, including those small employees whose families had suffered.

“Dapat hindi mo na dinamay yung iba, mga Umali na lang sana. Kawawa yung ibang empleyadong nadamay, 10 months sila nag-suffer they went through a trauma because of this. Ibalik mo kay Libunao ang tanong, sana makonsensiya siya, sampung buwan di naka-sweldo ang mga dinamay niya sa kaso,” Umali stressed.

With their vindication arising out of this case, he said: “My legacy is that the small and ordinary Novo Ecijanos can now voice out themselves, kaya lang huwag lang to the point na nagpapagamit ka para sirain mo ang mga wala namang kalaban-laban.”