Official: No 'lutong Macau' in ABC elections

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Monday, December 9, 2013

BUNAO barangay captain Lionel Banogon categorically denied reports that there was "lutong Macau" in the election of the new set of officers for the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) in Dumaguete City.

Banogon, who won in a close fight against Junob barangay captain Isagani Bana at the City Council's session hall Monday morning, said there is no truth to accusations that there was pre-arranged agreement for the next ABC president.

Proclamation of new ABC officials
DUMAGUETE. The new set of officers of the Association of Barangay Captains in Dumaguete City were proclaimed Monday morning right after the election held at the City Council's session hall. (Victor L. Camion)

He said he gained support from the majority of the barangay captains, being an incumbent ABC vice president.

Sun.Star sources revealed that in a recent ABC meeting in a luxurious resort in Siaton town, there was a pre-arranged deal for the next ABC chief to continue the programs and projects left by outgoing ABC president Albert Aquino.

But Banogon said if it was true, the election Monday would not be a close fight.

Monday?s election for the ABC president, supervised by the local director of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and witnessed by the Commission on Elections, was done in secret balloting.

Banogon got 15 votes against his opponent Bana, who got 13 votes.

Dumaguete City is composed of 30 barangays but the barangay captains from Poblacion 1 and 4 failed to join the elections for ABC officials.

Bana, in a radio interview, said he accepted his defeat. He said, though, that there were intervention from the political leaders in both city and the second congressional district of Negros Oriental.

Calindagan barangay captain Manuel Sagarbarria Jr. was named vice president with 27 votes. He ran unopposed.

Elected board members were Ricardo Valencia, Angelita Ragay, Nelson Ablir, Dionie Amores, Nicolcas Ramirez, Bartolome Aranas, Vincent Ferigua, Bernardo Sun and Gregorio Oira.

Since there was no barangay captain who filed for auditor, Delia Señagan was nominated and agreed by the majority as ABC auditor of Dumaguete City chapter. (VLC)

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