THE seventh governor of Cavite under the American regime, Raymundo Jeciel, had been a delegate to the Malolos Congress and a colonel of the Revolutionary Army uncier General Emilio Aguinaldo. Having been the chief adjutant of Aguinaldo in Palanan, Isabela, Jeciel brought to the governorship of Cavite a rich experience as Administrator. No wonder he became one of Cavite’s most efficient and effective provincial executives.
During the Assembly of Governors held in Manila in the early 1920s, Jeciel started his colleagues when he assured them that Santiago Ronquillo, alias Tiagong Akyat, the head of a gang terrorizing Manila and suburbs at the time, would be captured either dead or alive in “three days”. In less than 24 jours after Jeciel Made his prediction, the notorious Tiagong Akyat was killed in his hideout. Consequently, Jeciel received the plaudits of the Governors’ Assembly, and the Manila Carnival, which was going on at the time, was extended for one week.
Jeciel was born in Indang on March 16, 1875, the son of Canuto Jeciel and Juana Tamio. He finished his early education under two leading Indang Educators, Severino de las Alas and Marcelo Basa. He then went to Manila where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Colegio de San Juan de Letran. He was a working student along with the late President Quezon. Later he took up law at the University of Sto. Tomas but was not able to finish it because of the outbreak of the Revolution. Together with the Coronel brothers, Jose and Doroteo, Jeciel assisted in the negotiations for the surrender of the beleaguered Spanish forces in the Indang Catholic Church.
Jeciel was appointed by General Aguinaldo delegate to the Malolos Congress, representing Lepanto, Bontoc province. From Malolos he joined the staff of Aguinaldo retreating to Palanan. Before Aguinaldo’s capture on March 23, 1901, jeciel was promoted to colonel and head of the guerillas operating in Isabela.
After the Revolution Jeciel devoted his time to farming in Alfonso, Cavite. Later he was appointed postmaster of Alfonso, after which he became president of the town’s sanitary division, and still later justice of the peace. In 1922 he was elected governor of Cavite. He served for only one term. After a long retirement, jeciel was appointed by President Manuel A. Roxas as member of the Board of Pensions of the Veterans of the Philippines Revolution. He died on December 4, 1951.
[Source: Biodata furnished by Benedicto Q. Mojica, vice-mayor of Indang.]