May 18,2013 12:15 AM
By: Tara Yap
CONGRESSMAN Augusto “Boboy” Syjuco Jr. and his wife will end their 15-year rule in the 2nd district of Iloilo province on June 30.
Syjuco lost to Pavia Mayor Arcadio Gorriceta in the May 13 elections in a three-way race with I-Care party list Rep. Salvador Cabaluna III in the 2nd district.
“The people have finally been awakened,” Gorriceta said.
The Provincial Board of Canvassers proclaimed Gorriceta the other night after all results from the eight municipalities of the district were transmitted.
Gorriceta garnered 56,846 votes while Cabaluna had 46,140 votes and Syjuco only got 31,818 votes.
Syjuco had claimed he was cheated in the election using manipulated Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines used last May 13.
Syjuco was first elected in 1998 and served until 2004 after unsuccessful bids in Makati City. His wife Judy Jalbuena-Syjuco replaced him from 2004 to 2010.
While he was away from congress, Syjuc was appointed by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as director general of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
Earlier this month, the Sandiganbayan issued a hold departure order against Syjuco and 10 others for the P302.12-million alleged overpricing in the procurement of TESDA training equipment.
The Ombudsman also filed graft charges against the Syjuco couple for the alleged P20-million illegal transfer of funds from TESDA and then Rep. Judy Syjuco’s pork barrel to a non-government organization the couple established.
The funding was supposed to be allocated for the Education For All Program, but the Ombudsman found alleged overpricing in the multi-million peso purchase of school uniforms, school bags and notebooks.