Jalosjoses wipe out Hofers in Zamboanga

By Jesus F. Llanto, abs-cbnNews.com/Newsbreak

Posted at May 14 2010 08:11 AM | Updated as of May 14 2010 04:11 PM

The political clan of Zamboanga del Norte expands to neighboring Zamboanga Sibugay

MANILA, Philippines - The Jalosjos family of Zamboanga del Norte has extended their political influence in the neighboring province of Zamboanga Sibugay.

Two members of the Jalosjos family have been proclaimed winners in the local races in Zamboanga Sibugay, defeating members of the Hofer political family.

Rommel Jalosjos, son of former Zamboanga del Norte Rep. Romeo Jalosjos, was proclaimed winner in the gubernatorial race in Zamboanga Sibugay, beating Rep. Dulce Ann Hofer, daughter of outgoing governor George Hofer. Rommel got 121,441 votes, while Dulce Ann received 107,276 votes.

Lawyer Roy Pule Ediza, provincial election supervisor of Zamboanga Sibugay, told abs-cbnNews.com/Newsbreak that Dulce Ann won in the province's second district, her home district, and lost in the first district.

"In a way it is a big margin," Ediza sain in a telephone interview.

Another son of Romeo, Romeo Masupil Jalosjos, won the congressional race in Sibugay's 2nd district and defeated George "Jet" Hofer II, son of Governor Hofer, by more than 2,400 votes.

The 2 Jalosjoses were proclaimed Thursday despite pending disqualification cases questioning their residency.

"They were able to get status quo order and this was not lifted until the canvassing," Ediza said.

The patriarch, too

Meanwhile, the Hofer patriarch, lost in his mayoral bid for the capital town of Ipil. He was defeated by incumbent mayor Eldwin Alibutdan by 2,000 votes.

"It was a very close fight," Ediza said. The town of Ipil has a total registered voter population of 41,241 votes.

Meanwhile, Board Member Jonathan Yambao, son of outgoing Rep. Belma Cabilao, defeated Lycel Castor-Tan and Reynaldo Tecechian in the congressional race for the 1st district.

The results of the election heralds the diminished power of the Hofers, who have dominated Sibugay's political landscape since its creation in 2001.

Zamboanga Sibugay used to be part of Zamboanga del Sur. It was separated from its mother province through Republic Act 8973 and is composed of the towns of Zamboanga del Sur's old third district. Calls for its creation started in the 1960S. Governor Hofer was among the leader of the Zamboanga Occidental movement, which revived the decades-old calls for the creation of a new province out of Zamboanga del Sur.

The election also signals the expansion of the political power of the Jalosjos family of Zamboanga del Norte. Members of the Jalosjos family who are currently holding positions in Zamboanga del Norte include:
* Board Member Seth Frederick Jalosjos, son of former Rep. Romeo Jalosjos who is running for congressman of the 1st district.
* Rep. Cesar Jalosjos, Romeo's brother who is seeking re-election as congressman of the 3rd district.
* Dapitan City Mayor Dominador Jalosjos, another brother of Romeo, who is seeking re-election.

Shirley Lagrimas, an election assistant from Zamboanga del Norte, told abs-cbnNews.com/Newsbreak on Thursday the 3 Jalosjoses won in their respective races and were expected to be proclaimed anytime. (abs-cbnNews.com/Newsbreak)