Local News: MIRASOL WINS SPECIAL POLL
The candidate of the Liberal Party (LP) won during the June 2 special election in the fifth district of Negros Occidental, with a 13,000-lead over his lone opponent , who, incidentally, is his own nephew.
Binalbagan Mayor Alejandro Mirasol, who was endorsed by the United Negros Alliance and the Liberal Party won with 81,982 votes, winnimg over Prov’l. Board Member Emilio Yulo III of the Nacionalista Party who got 68,879 votes.
Mirasol was proclaimed by provincial election supervisor Jessie Suarez as the newly elected congressman yesterday at 6:45 a.m. at the Provincial Capitol Social Hall, in the presence of Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sixto Brillantes.
His proclamation was attended by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., chairman of the United Negros Alliance (UNA), that endorsed him. Some of Mirasol’s supporters and UNA members also witnessed the proclamation.
He replaces the late congressman Ignacio "Iggy" Arroyo, who died last January in London after a long battle with cirrhosis of the liver.
Despite being a rainy Saturday, a total of 151,611 voted, out of the 206,521 registered voters in the fifth district, or 73.41 percent voter’s turnout.
Based on the Certificates of Canvass by City and Municipalities in the fifth district, the number of votes are as follow
: Himamaylan City: Mirasol- 15, 125 votes; Yulo - 21,916 votes.
Binalbagan: Mirasol - 18,821 votes; Yulo - 3,666 votes.
Hinigaran: Mirasol - 15,250 votes; Yulo - 15,435 votes.
Isabela: Mirasol - 10,853 votes; Yulo - 10, 104 votes.
La Castellana: Mirasol - 14, 070 votes; Yulo - 10, 104 votes.
Moises Padilla: Mirasol - 7,863 votes; Yulo - 7,205 votes.
Mirasol thanked everyone who made his victory possible and committed to work hard for the people of the fifth district.
Mirasol is set to take his oath before Speaker Feliciano Belmonte today (Monday) and then start working in Congress. Suarez described the special poll as very peaceful, orderly and credible.*