Cui, Villarosa bag top Liga positions

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

MARK Cui of San Carlos City won against Cadiz City's Eduardo Javier in a hotly-contested match for the presidency of the Negros Occidental Federation of the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) during the election held Wednesday at the Social Hall of the Provincial Capitol.

Cui of the Love Negros coalition headed by Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson won by only a vote against Javier of the ruling United Negros Alliance (UNA) in a 16-15 voting.

Even before the election, Cui was already sitting as ex-officio member of the Provincial Board after his predecessor George Gitano of Pontevedra stepped down when his term expired in November 30.

Cui's line-up also swept the other positions namely, Alexander Palanca of Victorias City, vice president; Fernando Dolendo of Talisay City, auditor; and Francisco Bilbao of Hinobaan, Virgilio Gamao of Escalante City, Jose Marcelino Garcia of Moises Padilla, Antonio Luis Gonzaga of Murcia, Ricky Rebatado of Don Salvador Benedicto, Soledad Leonor Suatengco of Pulupandan, and Benjamin Jose Dian of Himamaylan, board of directors.

Sergio Piansay of Bago City, who was supposed to be under the line-up of Cui for director, was disqualified from running as he was a member of the election committee.

Those who voted were the presidents of the 31 towns and cities in the province.

After being declared the winner, Cui said he was very happy to retain his post as representative of the Liga ng mga Barangay in the Provincial Board.

He also acknowledged the support, among others, of the Nationalist People’s Coalition founding chair Eduardo Cojuangco Jr., Third District Rep. Alfredo Benitez, and Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson.

Cui said he will also support the programs of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., the chairman of UNA, despite their political differences.

Moreover, Cui confirmed that Kabankalan Liga president Rogelio Regalia voted for him during the secret balloting despite Javier’s earlier claim that Regalia was on his side.

Proof of this, he said, was that Regalia was with their group when they arrived at the Capitol yesterday.

For his part, Regalia said that since the voting was done in secret, he would just also leave his choice a secret.

Moreover, Lacson said he doesn’t believe that results of the Liga election will affect Lacson his work relationship with the governor, who had earlier declared that he is taking a “hands-off” stand in the Liga election.

"It was very clear that there were two teams that went for the different positions and both teams voted straight for their respective line-ups," he said.

Lacson said he even recommended to Cui and his fellow officers that they take their oath of office before Marañon.

"I believe the governor is willing to receive Cui and his slate. In fact if there was enough time yesterday, they would have taken their oath before him. Maybe they could do it after the holiday season," Lacson said.

No contest in Bacolod

Meanwhile in Bacolod City, Noli Villarosa of Barangay Tangub ran unopposed as Liga president on Wednesday’s election held at the MassKara Hall of the Bacolod City Government Center.

Villarosa is a coalition candidate of Pamilya MKK headed by Mayor Monico Puentevella and Abang Lingkod partylist led by Stephen Paduano.

Tanya Familiaran, also uncontested Barangay 13, and Hernani Jalando-on of Barangay 37 were elected vice president and auditor, respectively.

Elected board of directors were Alfredo Talimodao Jr. of Barangay Granada, Myrna Obligar of Barangay 27, Jeffrey Cuachon of Barangay 36, Jonathan Diaz of Barangay 18, Friday Solinap of Barangay Villamonte, Charlie Chavez of Barangay 22, Richard Barber of Barangay 2, and Freddie Vargas of Barangay 4.

Sixty out of the 61 barangay captains attended the election yesterday except for Arturo Parreño of Barangay Mandalagan who was declared absent for unknown reasons.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 19, 2013.

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