MAJORITY of the mayors who ran under the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) and their allies won in the Monday midterm polls based on the partial official results of the provincial board of canvassers on Tuesday night.
However, NPC standard-bearer Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez lost to reelectionist Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. of the United Negros Alliance (UNA).
BACOLOD City lone district congressman-elect Mayor Evelio R. Leonardia considers his new post as a big challenge.
"Where legislative work is concerned, we will try to see to it that, on matters that affect the whole nation and our city, we will take a localized approach in the sense that I would like to take the cue from the people here," he said.
A MEMBER of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) in Bacolod City reportedly punched a man Tuesday night following an altercation over their choice of candidate in the Monday polls.
Isidro Randy Cariman of Lacson Hernaez St., Barangay 38, Bacolod City allegedly punched Ireneo Canaya of Purok Kalong-Kalong, Barangay Singcang Airport, Bacolod City after Canaya questioned Cariman for not voting his bet who was endorsed by the INC.
AN officer of the Philippine Army lauded the peaceful and successful conduct of the elections in Escalante City, an election watchlist area.
The Philippine Army and the Philippine National Police were not deterred in making the electoral activity in Escalante City peaceful and successful, despite the city being branded as one of the hot spots in the province, said 3rd Civil Military Operations Battalion Commander Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Cinco of the Philippine Army's 3rd Infantry Division.
AN ESTIMATED crowd of 50,000 people gathered in the four different venues of the campaign trail of the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) to show their support to gubernatorial candidate Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez and his running mate vice gubernatorial candidate Eugenio Lacson.
The huge crowd in La Castellana, Murcia, EB Magalona and Victoria City led Alvarez to conclude that their victory in the May 13 polls is clear.
NATIONALIST People’s Coalition (NPC) gubernatorial bet Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez bared Friday that several persons posing as agents of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) are going around the sixth district circulating threats that they will conduct raids on the Alvarezes.
Alvarez said that one of his supporters, while on board a Ceres bus going to Cauayan, heard two men talking to each other that they are agents of CIDG and that they are going to raid a DPWH light house in Sitio Soton, Cauayan.
THE Nationalist People’s Coalition – Grupo Progreso revealed Friday that the potent Iglesia ni Cristo endorsed the candidacies of Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson and former Councilor Greg Gasataya for congressman, mayor and vice mayor, respectively.
Known for its block-voting among its almost 15,000 members in Bacolod, the religious group also endorsed reelectionist Councilors Bobby Rojas, Em Ang, Caesar Distrito and Carl Lopez, as well as NPC-GP councilor bets Ed Guillem, Prospero Leonardia and Alex Paglumutan.
BACOLOD City Police Office (BCPO) personnel will still discharge their official duties in relation to the May 13 elections, even if their additional budget from the City Government will be delayed.
BCPO spokesperson Superintendent Armando Tubongbanua was referring to the P1,788,200 additional budget for cops who will be performing poll duties on Monday.
A 12-FOOT python was captured on Friday in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City.
The snake was found by the Bacolod City Police Station 6 personnel in a demolished house 100 meters away from Bangga Cory by construction workers who immediately sought the help of the police in catching the serpent.
A MAN accosted by security guards for posing as a watcher at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH), Bacolod City was nabbed last Thursday, May 9, with a plastic canister containing two disposable lighters and a tooter with shabu residue.
The shabu paraphernalia were incidentally retrieved from John Hernan Liboon, 38 of Barangay 2, Victorias City when Police Station 2 personnel frisked him after he was caught by the guards roaming inside the hospital but he could not identify a patient he was watching over.
A RESIDENT of Silay City was one of the lucky grand prize winners in the 6/42 Lotto draw on Friday.
A Sun.Star- Bacolod source reported that an outlet owner in Slay City has confirmed that a ticket buyer from Silay won in the 6/42 National Lottery with the winning number combination 07-37-02-22-24-10.
ABOUT P2 million worth of ‘ukay-ukay’ (used imported clothing) were seized by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) from Tomas Ong Ware House in Luzuriaga Extension, Reclamation Area, Barangay 13, Bacolod City, on Thursday.
NBI Special Investigator Arnel Pura led the raid through the strength of a search warrant issued by Judge Napoleon Diamante of Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC) - Branch 3.
“It’s no use. Justice is unnecessary. My son will never be brought back to life,” said Barok Lozada, the father of 16-year-old Jay Lozada, whose body was found lifeless last May 5, 2013.
Barok said all he wants is to bring the remains of his son to Davao City and give him a proper burial.
A MEMBER of the Philippine National Police–Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and Intelligence Group (PNP-CIDG) has filed an affidavit saying that there were no explosives found in the house of Pulupandan Mayor Magdaleno Peña and that all seized firearms were covered by licenses.
On May 3, the raiding team seized high powered firearms, explosives, boxes of assorted ammunitions, holsters, and bandoliers in a raid in the ancestral house of Peña in Barangay Ubay, Pulupandan.
THE Nationalist People’s Coalition-Grupo Progreso (NPC-Grupo) is all set for its grand political rally to be held on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at the Bacolod Public Plaza at exactly six in the evening.
Thousands of supporters will be marching from different points of the city passing through major city streets before proceeding to the Bacolod Public Plaza.
UNITED Negros Alliance (UNA) gubernatorial bet Alfredo Marañon Jr. and his running mate vice gubernatorial bet Melvin Ibañez enjoy the backing of the command votes of Iglesias ni Cristo (INC).
INC backs reelectionist Congressman Jeffrey Ferrer and incumbent Congressman Alejandro Mirasol in the Fifth District.
THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) held a send-off ceremony Thursday afternoon at the BCPO parade ground for the 474 policemen who will help secure the city during the May 13 midterm elections.
BCPO spokesperson Superintendent Armando Tubongbanua, in his opening remarks, likened the deployment of the cops into going to battle against elements that are out to disturb the peace and order during the election.
THE Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) filed against the five-day implementation of the liquor ban cannot affect the cops’ performance in securing the public safety during elections, said Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) spokesperson Superintendent Armando Tubongbanua Thursday.
“We will just enforce what the law says. We will wait for that day (May 12) to intensify the campaign on the strict implementation of the liquor ban,” he said.
Abang Lingkod party-list will participate in the May 13 polls despite its disqualification by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) earlier.
In a press statement, Abang Lingkod party-list Chair Dionisio Manuel said that the party-list is a bonafide party list and that they will pursue all legal and ethical avenues in establishing their rights to exist as a party list and have their legitimate representation voted into congress to pursue their advocacy in accordance with the constitution.
AN interfaith prayer and candle-lighting for a clean, honest, and peaceful election is slated today, Friday afternoon, at the Provincial Capitol driveway main entrance.
To participate in the prayers for peace are Imam Omar Betita of the Islamic Center in Bacolod City; Pastor Joaquin Dela Cruz of Negros Kasapulanan of Baptist Pastors; Pastor Luisito Tomado, President of Negros Occ. Conference of Seventh Day Adventist Church; Msgr. Romeo Vasquez of Iglesias Filipina Independiente and representatives from the United Church of Christ of the Philippines and the Roman Catholic Church.
THE City Council of Bacolod City unanimously passed Thursday an appropriation ordinance amounting to P147,000 for the back wages and benefits of the late Secretary Nilo Alejandrino, covering February 16 to April 13, 2012.
The request was made by Bacolod Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson in a letter to the City Council dated May 7, 2013.
THE Magnificent 7 led by vice mayoralty candidate Renecito Novero will hold its grand rally today, Friday, at 7 p.m. in Purok Malipayon, Barangay 35, Bacolod City.
The group is composed of reelectionist Councilors El Cid Familiaran, Archie Baribar, Sonya Verdeflor, and Elmer Sy, and businessmen Bobby Coscolluela and Hermino Lizares.
THE New Zealand government, thru the New Zealand ASEAN Scholars (NZAS) awards, offers full post-graduate scholarship to eligible Filipinos.
Reina Lino, NZAS Programme Administrator of Batu Balani Foundation, made the announcement Wednesday.
THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Regional Office and Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) personnel seized assorted firearms and ammunitions during a raid Wednesday morning at the house of SPO1 Ricarido Rex Noble, the police said.
NBI regional director Manuel Almendares said that on April 8, 2013, they received a certification from the Firearms and Explosives Division of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Camp Crame that Noble possesses unlicensed firearms.
PURSUANT to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Minute Resolution No. 13-0322, the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) declared on Wednesday that it was ready to strictly implement the five-day liquor ban which is supposedly set to start today, May 9 until May 13.
BCPO spokesperson Supt. Armando Tubongbanua said during the press conference at the BCPO headquarters Wednesday that they will intensify its implementation to ensure peace and order a few days before and during the election.
THE Police Regional Office (PRO) in Western Visayas region is all set to deploy augmentation forces in the whole region to ensure clean, safe, and fair May 13 polls.
Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz Jr., PRO regional director, said that out of 2,287 police personnel ready for deployment, 273 are coming from the Regional Headquarters/National Support Units (NSUs), 314 from the Regional Public Safety Battalion 6 (RPSB6), 35 Lateral Entry undergoing training, 420 new graduates of Scout, 269 undergoing schooling (Public Safety Senior Leadership Course and Public Safety Junior Leadership Course), 164 undergoing Public Safety Basic Recruit Course, 480 Field Trainees, 120 from Police Special Action Force and 212 excess from Bacolod City/Iloilo City Police Offices.
THE New People's Army (NPA) denied having anything to do with the letters threatening some candidates and their supporters in Moises Padilla town in central Negros Occidental from campaigning.
At the same time, the NPA assured Barangay 1 (Poblacion) councilman Agustin Grande that he and his group can campaign anytime and anywhere, assuring him that the NPA will not prevent them,
BACOLOD City Councilor Em Ang has authored a resolution urging the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to strictly implement the law which enables designated polling precincts for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and Senior Citizens during the conduct of the election on May 13, 2013.
Ang was referring to Republic Act (R.A.) 10366, "An Act Authorizing the Comelec to Establish Precincts Assigned to Accessible Polling Places Exclusively for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and Senior Citizens."
REELECTONIST Senator Koko Pimentel vowed on Tuesday that he will support socio-economic programs for sugar industry dependents, particularly skills training for children of sugarcane farm workers.
Once reelected, he said he will extend full support to measures which will benefit the sugar industry, in the same manner that he is strongly supporting the welfare of the coconut industry.
THIRD District Representative Albee Benitez said Tuesday that once he gets a second term in Congress, he will revisit the Social Amelioration Law for the sugar industry to raise more funds for socio-economic programs that will benefit the dependents of sugar industry workers.
Benitez made this intent in his address to the scholars-trainees of the National Federation of Sugarcane Planters (NFSP) Livelihood and Technical Skills Training Center in Alijis, when he accompanied reelectionist Sen. Koko Pimentel during the senator’s visit to NFSP.