Some media personalities, including technicians and drama talents from local radio stations, threw their hats in Monday’s barangay polls.
Radio Mindanao Network (RMN) staff got the most support from the electorates.
Below is the list of other mediamen who fared well.
A. Radio Mindanao Network (RMN)
- Rey Julita, No. 6 Kagawad, Barangay Lalagsan, La Castellana, out of town reporter
- Rey Alejandrino Jr., No. 3 Kagawad, Barangay 35, Bacolod City, drama talent
- April Lyn Espada, No. 3 Kagawad, Barangay 22, Bacolod City, reporter
All the 20 incumbent barangay captains in Pulupandan town who sought re-election have won in Monday’s polls, election officer Tess Parroco said.
This, despite the fact that nine of them have opponents.
Of the 20 barangay captains, nine were unopposed, thus they were sure winners: Apong, Canjusa, Kulo, Pag-ayon, Palaca Sur, Ubay, Utod, Zone 3 and Zone 4A.
The 11 others have opponents, but they prevailed over them, Parroco added.
As for the councilmen (kagawad), there were newcomers, she added.
A wire and cable store in Brgy. Talubangi, Kabankalan City was ransacked by suspects Tuesday through the establishment’s restroom.
Police report showed AJM Supply and General Merchandise at J.Y. Perez Avenue in Kabankalan City owned by Ana Regina Mangente was ransacked by unidentified suspects by detaching the iron grills and glass jalousies of the room. The suspects took a total of P75, 390 worth of wires. Probers recovered the broken CCTV of the store.
Follow-up investigation to identify the suspects is being conducted by PO3 Tricia Loraine Mercano.
The people of Pulupandan town now enjoy freedom, unlike in previous years, Gov. Alfredo Maranon Jr. said.
This was the governor’s reaction to reports that 14 of the 20 barangays in Pulupandan now have opposing candidates for the barangay elections on Oct. 28.
In the past barangay elections, there were reportedly no contesting candidates in majority of the barangays of Pulupandan.
"Theres is now a small light at the end of the tunnel for democracy to prevail in Pulupandan,"Maranon said Tuesday.
The former mayor of Pulupandan is Magdaleno Pena. He was succeeded by his son, Miguel Pena, in the May 2013 elections.
The Commission in Elections (Comelec) in Negros Occidental reported that 14 of the 20 barangays in Pulupandan are contested in the Oct. 28 barangay elections.
Drug operatives of Pulupandan town arrested three high school students for alleged peddling and possession of illegal drugs in a raid about 1PM, Tuesday.
SPO1 Jesus A. Abogador with PO1s Ronald B. Lachica and Sherwin P. Samoy effected the buy bust operation against a junior high school student in one of the secondary schools in Brgy. Zone 2, Pulupandan town.
The head of the team that raided the residential compound of former Pulupandan Mayor Magdaleno Peña, where some 90 firearms were seized, was relieved last Friday, July 19.
Lawyer Roger Reyes, counsel of Peña, furnished the media yesterday of copies of reports by Bombo Radyo dated July 19 and Manila Standard Today dated July 20, stating that Senior Supt. Jose Mario Espino was among the five officers and 15 policemen relieved by Chief Supt. Francisco Uyami, head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) last week.
Espino, head of the CIDG-Anti-Organized Crime Unit, was reportedly relieved by Uyami "following allegations they pocketed millions of pesos and several kilos of illegal drugs seized from two Chinese drug lords they arrested in San Juan last week."
The long-standing proposal to connect Negros and Panay Islands has been revived anew by Negros Occ. Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr., who were both re-elected in the May 2013 elections.
"I have discussed the proposal with Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor," Marañon said at the sidelines of inaugural ceremonies for re-elected E.B. Magalona Mayor David Albert Lacson Wednesday.
The governor said the proposed bridge will connect Brgy. Tomongtong in E.B. Magalona and Banate town in northern Iloilo, whose distance of 14.5 kilometers is the shortest between the two islands.
The court has ordered the transfer of the 76 firearms seized from the house of Pulupandan Mayor Magdaleno Peña to the storage room of the Hall of Justice in Bacolod, while it settles the issues surrounding it.
Prior to the transfer, the firearms were stored in two vehicles at the parking lot of the Hall of Justice, where they are guarded by personnel of the Negros Occidental police, Bacolod City police, PNP-Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Group and the elite PNP-Special Action Force (SAF).
The 76 firearms seized from the ancestral house of Pulupandan Mayor Magdaleno Peña that are presently in the custody of a local court and are stored at the Hall of Justice in Bacolod are now considered "loose firearms," a senior police official said yesterday.
Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan, come-backing acting head of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO), explained that since the Philippine National Police (PNP) had revoked and cancelled the licenses of the said firearms, they are now considered "loose" or unlicensed.