GOVERNOR Jose Baldado assured a smooth transition in the Capitol on July 1.

Baldado issued an assurance following reports that his supporters will stage a barricade around the Capitol compound to block in the entrance of the new governor.

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Baldado told Sun.Star that the reports were not coming from him.

He, however, believed that there might be some supporters either coming from his camp or from other camp wanted to circulate malicious reports just to create noise.

Baldado earlier filed petition before the Commission on Elections in Manila asking to declare the proclamation of reelected Governor Macias as null and void.

Baldado ran for governor against Macias during recent local elections.

Two days after the death of the reelected governor, Baldado decided to pursue his petition to void the late governor's candidacy in the May 10 elections on the grounds that Macias had deliberately and persistently lied about his health.

Macias passed away due to liver cancer on June 13.

Baldado's running mate Vice Governor-elect Agustin Perdices stressed that although he respected the opinion of outgoing governor, he is against Baldado's moved to invalidate the proclamation of late Macias.

Perdices will assume governorship effective July 1.

He will take his oath as governor Wednesday together with other provincial elected positions at the Provincial Convention Center.

Lawyer Eddie Aba, provincial election supervisor in Negros Oriental, said Perdices shall, mandated by the law, take the seat of the governor effective 12 noon of June 30, 2010 in the absence of the governor-elect. (Victor L. Camion)