The Nacionalista Party, The Ampatuans, And Gilbert Remulla
Mr. Gilbert Remulla is the seventh and youngest child of Governor Remulla and Ditas Catibayan Remulla. Gilbert spent his childhood in Bel-Air, Makati and Imus, Cavite.
He spent his elementary years in the now defunct De La Salle University Grade School, high school at the Ateneo de Manila and went to the University of the Philippines, Diliman for his college education.
As an undergraduate in UP, Gilbert mixed academic excellence with extra-curricular activities. He was National President of AIESEC, and an active member of the Upsilon Sigma Phi Fraternity.
After obtaining a degree in Broadcast Communication in 1993, Remulla joined ABS-CBN as part of its news team. Remulla started as a production assistant, and then became a reporter and a regular in the morning and evening news.
Gilbert holds an MA in International Affairs with concentration in International Media and Communications from the Columbia University in New York City. He has also worked for CNN and the United Nations.
Gilbert ran in the Congressional elections of May 2001, defeating veteran rivals. His legislative portfolio includes Republic Act 9165, or the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, and Republic Act 9287, or the Act Increasing the Penalty for the Illegal Numbers Game.
Other than his advocacies for the people of the 2nd District of Cavite, Gilbert is also a strong advocate for population mananagement.
Remulla is married to Georgia Isabel Roa with whom he has three daughters, Roxanne Margarita, Rocio
I began with the bio of the Nacionalista Party spokesman given this assertion:
Yes I did (visit suspended Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. at a military hospital in Davao).
I do not deny it but it’s for personal and security reasons. Let me reiterate that my stand against the Maguindanao massacre is ever stronger than before. As a former journalist I condemned what has happened and I believe that the victims of the Maguindanao massacre has to be given justice and the prime suspects have to be tried completely.
We will never seek any endorsement from them because an endorsement from the Ampatuan who is a creation of GMA is an endorsement from GMA.
I think, (it was for) my own personal safety. I think anybody would do that. I think as a parent (I have to protect my family).
Let’s leave it at that. because it’s a safety and security concern.
Both Remulla and the Nacionalista Parta should come clean about what exactly transpired during the meeting.
Remulla’s claim that the one-one-one encounter was for ‘personal and security reasons’ is not easy to believe given the widely known fact that Andal Ampatuan Jr announced his clan’s endorsement of Sen. Manny Villar and the entire NP ticket just two weeks ago.
What deal could have been arranged by Remulla with the Ampatuan clan on behalf of the Nacionalista Party in connection with the elections, and beyond?
On April 15, Ampatuan’s son Andal Ampatuan Jr., mayor of Datu Unsay, Maguindanao, who stands accused of carrying out the country’s worst election-related killings, was seen on national television wearing two NP baller IDs at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City where he was transferred from the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila.
On his wrist was an orange bracelet with the name Manny Villar in white letters on it and a purple band with the name of NP senatorial candidate Gilbert Remulla in orange letters.
The Nacionalista Party bosses must know full well that the feared Ampatuans claim to still control the election fraud mechanism in Maguinadanao and select areas in Mindanao with the reputation of delivering ‘command votes’ in change for monetary and political favors.
The Ampatuan clan is widely believed to have helped the Arroyo administration cheat in the 2004 and 2007 elections.
Can someone please tell us the truth?