Eugene Adiong


Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. has expressed support for a federal form of government when the presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte takes over the reins of government.

“I have been an advocate of federalism ever since,” Marañon claimed.

He pointed out that several progressive neighboring countries in Asia are federal forms.

However, there is a need for the Constitution to be changed first, Marañon said.

The Governor said he will cooperate with the Duterte administration.

Poll Cheating ‘Possible’ , Guv Says

With the recent reports of hacking of both private and public websites before the elections, it opens the possibility of “cheating” during last Monday’s electoral exercise, Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., said yesterday.

The cheating happens in the assisting especially those who claim that they are illiterate, he pointed out.

The Governor said that “we cannot say that the vote counting machines (VCMs) cannot be influenced as the websites of the Bank of Bangladesh and even that of the Commission on Elections has been hacked which are more secure.”


Finally, after almost a week of delay, re-elected Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., and Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson were proclaimed by the Provincial Board of Canvassers Saturday night at the Social Hall of the Provincial Capitol.

The Provincial Board of Canvassers lead by acting provincial election supervisor Atty. Ian Lee Ananoria proclaims as winners Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson.*

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.