Capitol officials take oath Tuesday

SENATE President Franklin Drilon, who topped the Senate race in Negros Occidental in the May 9 elections, leads guests in Tuesday’s inaugurals at 4 p.m. of the new set of provincial officials led by reelected Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson at the Capitol building in Bacolod City.

Marañon, who heads the United Negros Alliance (Unega), is marking his third and last term as governor, running unopposed, while Lacson, a leader of opposition Love Negros, secured a fresh mandate for his second term.

Lacson defeated the governor’s runningmate, outgoing Fourth District Representative Jeffrey Ferrer, by a margin of 12,316 votes. Lacson got 479,206 votes against Ferrer’s 466,890.

Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Anita Guanzon-Chua will administer the oath of office of Marañon, Lacson and the members of the Provincial Board.

Karen Dinsay, provincial information officer, said all Board members except for David Albert Lacson of the Third District, who is traveling abroad, will attend the inauguration rites.

Board members who will be sworn into office are Rommel Debulgado and Antonio Encarguez Sr. of the First District; Salvador Escalante and Samson Mirhan, Second District; Manuel Frederick Ko, Third District; Jose Maria Alonso and Victor Javellana, Fourth District; Renato Malabor Jr. and Alain Gatuslao, Fifth District; and Pedro Zayco and Helen Zafra, Sixth District.

Those who belong to Unega are Escalante, Mirhan, Lacson, Javellana, Alonso, Malabor and Gatuslao while those with Love Negros are Debulgado, Encarguez, Ko, Zayco, and Zafra.

In his inaugural address, Marañon is expected to narrate the accomplishments of his administration for the last six years as well as his plans for the province in the next three years.

Some Negros Oriental officials led by Acting Governor Edward Mark Macias are also coming, Dinsay said.

Third District Representative Alfredo Benitez also confirmed his attendance.

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