13 December 2011

Ex-Gov on the Run?

Gov. Jesus Typoco on the run?
There are strong indications that a former Governor of Camarines Sur is on the run following the issuance of an arrest warrant on graft charges filed by the Sandiganbayan. Former governor, Jesus Typoco Jr., and the provincial treasurer, Lorna A. Corese, have suddenly disappeared after policemen serving the warrants issued by the third division of the antigraft court went to their houses.

Aside from Typoco and Coreses also charged was schools division superintendent Ariston M. Villareal. All three are facing charges arising from an alleged “ghost” project at Daet Elementary School and no bail was recommended for Typoco and Coreses, but the Sandiganbayan allowed Villareal to post a PhP 30,000 bail.

It was learnt that some 20 policemen tried to serve the arrest warrant on 30 November 2011 at the beachfront house of Typoco in Barangay Basgasbas, but could not locate the ex-Governor. Coreses was also could not be found since last weekend and it was suspected that she has left the province.

The case against Typoco will test the resolve of the country’s police force in running after powerful people in the government. This will also determine if the authorities are following President Benigno Simeon Aquino appeal for everyone to follow "tuwid na daan" (righteous path).

Last year, in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Aquino said, "Ang pagtanaw sa interes ng nakakarami; ang pagkapit sa prinsipyo; at ang pagiging tapat sa sinumpaan nating tungkulin bilang lingkod-bayan. Ito po ang tuwid na daan."

Prior to his foray into the political arena, ypoco was at the helm of his businesses which include the Federal Agricultural Corp. (FAC Foods Inc.), Federal Trade Development Center Corp., Federal Cattle Ranch Corporation, Federal Travel Corporation and Tycoon Development Corporation.

He likewise served as director of the Asia World Group of Companies and was consultant for business development of the Clark Development Corporation.

Typoco is married and has two sons and two daughters.