Arman Toga

Marañon-Lacson Proclamation Delayed Anew

By Arman P. Toga & Eugene Adiong

The misdelivery of ballots to a precinct in Hinigaran, intended for Borongan, Samar, once again delayed the proclamation of winners in the positions of Negros Occidental governor, vice governor, 5th district congressman and 5th district Sangguniang Panlalawigan members.

This, despite the fact that Gov. Alfredo Maranon Jr. was unopposed, and re-electionist Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson is ahead by 12,317 votes in unofficial results minus the Hinigaran precinct’s 685 votes.


Top Campaigners of Mayors Montilla & Peña Shot Dead

The campaign managers of reelectionist Isabela Mayor Enrique Montilla III and of former Pulupandan Mayor Magdaleno “Magsie” Peña, both members of Prominent Families in Negros Occidental was shot dead past 4PM yesterday in Moises Padilla town.

Magdaleno “Nonong” Grande, 54, of Moises Padilla, died on the spot when about five young men fired at him while his group was having a campaign sortie in Sitio Coyaoyao, Barangay Inolingan, in the said town.

‘Negros Resorts Lack Lifeguards’

Resorts in Negros island, either public or private, lack lifeguards and lifesavers, according to the president of a non-government organization advocating water safety.

Engr. Arne Navarra, president and chief executive officer of Philippine Life Saving (PLS) said the situation in the resorts of the island is that “there is no lifeguard (those who scan potential dangers in water and land) and no lifesavers (those who respond to emergency situations - supporting the lifeguards, perform cardio pulmonary resuscitation and emergency care.”

‘Tension Still On at Escalante City Hall’

“It is not true that there is no tension here at Escalante City Hall! It’s still on!”

This was the text message yesterday from Ranie Macadato of the City Accounting Office, incharge of the accounts of 21 barangays in Escalante, refuting the statement of Acting City Mayor Santiago Maravillas saying otherwise.

DENNIS MARAVILLAS, son of and executive assistant to Acting Escalante City Mayor Santiago Maravillas, inspecting the personal file of OIC City Accountant Joan Ester Pancho.*

Ledesma Farm Manager on Disallowed Entry ‘They Should Have Asked Permission’

The manager of the farmlands of Rep. Julio Ledesma IV in San Carlos City explained that they did not allow the entry of a convoy of vehicles, with Board Member Rolando Ponsica, acting Escalante Mayor Santiago Maravillas and Prov’l Capitol employees as passengers, “because they did not ask permission from us.”

Mariano Antonio Cui III, manager of the Gamboa Hermanos Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative that manages the sugar farms of Ledesma, told Negros Daily Bulletin “it is basic courtesy that when you enter a private property, you need to ask permission from its owners.”