All candidates—both winners and losers—in the Oct. 28 barangay elections are required to submit their individual Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SoCE) on or before Nov. 27, or face election offense charges, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) warned Monday.
Provincial elections supervisor Jessie Suarez yesterday said failure to file SoCE is an election offense and is punishable under the law.
The SoCE is a requirement for winners to be authorized to assume their seats, he explained.
Suarez said all candidates must submit their SoCEs to their respective town or city election officer.
Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson is "very cooperative" and "focused on (the) development" of the province.
"Maintain it and continue the good work," was Marañon’s advice to Lacson, when asked of his assessment on the performance of latter since July 2013.
The governor said he has not read yet the 100 Days Report of Lacson, but he has good things to say about the performance of the vice governor.
Last Wednesday, Lacson reported his performance in the first 100 days of office as vice governor, before the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) members during their regular session.
Lacson said the SP, which he presides, was able to come up with many legislative measures that support plans and programs of Marañon.
This was because he and other members of the Love Negros Team are fulfilling his promise that they will not be "obstructionists."
Instead of the usual toss coin, a drawing of lots settled the winner for the barangay captain of Brgy. Zone 7 in Talisay City, Negros Occidental yesterday.
Sulpicio Verdeflor Jr., 58, beat Norberto Garlitos after picking the lucky "lot," according to Angel Verdeflor, executive assistant to Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and brother of Sulpicio.
Sulpicio and Garlitos, husband of Cerilda Garlitos incumbent barangay captain of the Zone 7, tied with 311 votes each, Angel said.
By DANNY B. DANGCALAN & RITZY ROBLES MALO-OY
A fire gutted 12 houses at about 10:40 in the evening of All Saints’ Day (Friday) at Purok Sigay in Barangay 2, Bacolod City.
Fire Officer 1 Rona Magdaluyo told NDB that 10 houses made of light materials were burned down with an estimated damage reaching P300,000.00.
Two of the 12 houses sustained only damages.
FO3 Cornelio Silva and FO1 Jerson Ganaba, Bureau of Fire Protection-Bacolod investigators are still conducting follow-up probe on the cause of fire that lasted until 12:15 in the morning of November 2.
The Provincial Capitol will lead the 115th Cinco de Noviembre celebrations tomorrow, to be highlighted by the awarding of five outstanding Negrenses in various disciplines.
With the theme, "Pasi-dungog sa mga Bugal kag Manggad sang Probinsiya," the awarding ceremonies and cultural show will be held at the Provincial Capitol Social Hall at 4:30 p.m., with the families of the honorees and the descendants of the 1898 Cinco de Noviembre revolution heroes as guests.
This year’s outstanding Negrenses are:
(1) Dr. Angel C. Alcala (Environment Management) - former secretary of the Department of Natural Resources ( DENR) and chairman of the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd).
Born in Sitio Calaogao, Brgy. Caliling in the town of Cauayan, Dr. Alacala, a former Siliman University president and presently the chairman of the Silliman University Angelo King Center for Research and Environment (SUAKREM), is considered as the "father of the biodiversity conservation program in the country."
Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said he wants the future barangay elections abolished, for being "divisive, very expensive and counter-productive."
He said last Monday’s barangay election was divisive because it was supposed to be non-political, yet it cannot be denied that it was.
He said even if the election was only at the barangay level, and supposed to be non-partisan, some mayors and congressmen reportedly dip their hands into it.
It was also very expensive, he said, perhaps even more expensive than the national elections.
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.
Election offense charges will be filed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) against violators, both candidates and non-candidates alike, in Negros Occidental, provincial elections supervisor Jessie Suarez said yesterday.
But while Suarez admitted that vote-buying, which is among the serious election offenses, is massive and rampant, it is also one of the hardest to prove.
"Definitely, there is vote-buying but it’s hard to prove because of a good defense," he lamented.
By DANNY B. DANGCALAN & RITZY ROBLES MALO-OY
Four persons were killed in separate shooting incidents in Negros Occidental yesterday and Sunday, which were believed to be election-related.
An hour before the voting precincts opened yesterday, two men were gunned down in Sitio Kinalumsan in Barangay Poblacion in Toboso town.
The victims were identified as Juan Leonardo Belleza, who died on the spot from multiple gunshot wounds on his head and body, and Bryan Bacordo, who died minutes later at a hospital, according to Supt. Roderick Alba of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) in a media interview.
The bodies of the victims were riddled with bullets from various firearms. They were reportedly waylaid by the armed men while on board a motorcycle, Alba said quoting Toboso police chief Insp. Danilo Zuniega.
Everything is ready for the conduct of barangay elections in Negros Occidental today, provincial elections supervisor Jessie Suarez said.
"All the election paraphernalia are complete and the teachers who will serve in the barangay polls are ready," Suarez said in a press conference Friday.
Security detail and the deployment of military and police troops are in place, he added.
Suarez had met with Col. Jon Aying, commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army, and Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan, Negros Occidental police provincial director, last Friday for a Comelec-AFP-PNP coordinating conference to discuss the security deployment plan at voting centers across the province.