Bacolod Mayor-elect Monico Puentevella is confident that with his strong partnership with re-elected Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., the City of Bacolod and the Province of Negros Occidental are heading for more progress.
Bacolod City mayor-elect Monico Puentevella (left) and Honorary Consul General to Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, Januario John Rivas share light moments with Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. (center) during their courtesy visit at the Capitol, yesterday. Both of them congratulated and expressed their support to the governor.* (Capitol photo)
"I see no problem but progress for Bacolod and Negros Occidental. There might not be a sweeter partnership in the past but now," Puentevella said, in underscoring his good relationship with Marañon when both were colleagues at the House of Representatives, as well as with the governor’s son, Thirdy.
Magdalo Para sa Pilipino or Magdalo, for short, the partylist group of ex-military men and former policemen, whose representative, former marine captain Gary Alejano, were among the leaders of the series of mutinies in Makati during the period former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was in power, took his oath as proclaimed representative of his group in Congress and his oath-taking ceremony in Sipalay City before a barangay captain yesterday, signaling his ascendancy as legislator. As of the latest report, it said Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. and an aide, Nonong Verdeflor arrived. Before the oath-taking ceremony in the public plaza of the city, Alejano and local Magdalo head, Max Magracia, led a motorcade from Mambaroto Village to the public plaza. There, the oath-taking ceremony took place. Administering the oath of office was Mambaroto barangay captain Eustaquio Duayan. Magracia declared in an interview over radio station DYRL, now heard all over Negros Island and nearby provinces including Palawan, Panay and parts of Mindanao, with its newly-installed transmitter. It can be heard as far as Hinobaan town in Southern Negros and San Carlos City in Northern Negros, hitherto not heard before. Also present was Hinobaan Mayor-elect Ernesto Esrao. Invited by Magdalo were local Sipalay City officials led by Mayor Oscar Montilla.
L-R: Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon Jr., Mrs. G. Alejano, wife; Mrs. Angelica Alejano, mother; and their four children.*
Atty. Alain "Len" Gatuslao has been sworn in as one of Negros Occidental’s youngest Board Members. The 40 year old lawyer was elected representing the 5th District comprising of his home city of Himamaylan and the towns of Binalbagan, Hinigaran, Isabela, La Castellana, and Moises Padilla.
Board Member Dr. Melvin Ibañez, Rep. Bebot Mirasol, Board Member-elect Atty. Len Gatuslao and family, Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Mrs. Aming and former Usec. Tony Gatuslao.*
Gatuslao took his oath of office in Himamaylan City before Judge Rolando Balgos in simple rites attended by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Rep. Alejandro "Bebot" Mirasol whom the Gatuslaos supported for re-election, as well as outgoing 5th District Board Member Dr. Melvin Ibañez and former APEC Rep. Rene Silos.
The Liberal Party Himamaylan chapter likewise came in full force with City Councilors-elect Nonoy Javelosa and Julie Ann Vasquez also taking their oaths of office in the presence of former Mayor Luz Bayot and various barangay officials.
The Top 3 biggest spen-ders in the May 2013 elections in the provincial level (excluding Bacolod) are Vice Gov. Genaro Alvarez, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. and 3rd District Rep. Alfredo "Albee" Benitez, based on their Statements of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) submitted to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) this week.
Alvarez topped the list with campaign spendings of P1,853,919, followed by Marañon with P1,776,601, and Benitez with P811,196.
But despite his bigger spending, Alvarez, who was endorsed by business tycoon and Ambassador Eduardo "Danding" Cojuangco Jr., was defeated by Marañon with a lead of about 170,000 votes.
Scholarship. Relatives of slain soldiers in La Castellana, Negros Occ. show their scholarship certificates received from Negros Occ. Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. during the Independence Day celebration at the Social Hall of the Provincial Capitol Bldg.*(PIA6-LOL)
The bigger spenders are not always the winners. Or so, if their Statements of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) are to be believed.
Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr. reportedly spent P1,893,919 in the May 2013 elections, based on his SOCE submitted to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Provincial Office, but he lost to Gov. Alfredo Maranon Jr. who spent P1,776,601, or a difference of P117,318.
Six more candidates in Negros Occidental have submitted their Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SoCE) to the Provincial Comelec Office yesterday.
They were re-elected Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer (4th District) with P479,994; Board Member Jose Benito Alonso (4th District)—P66,000; Rep. Mercedes Alvarez (6th District)—P354,286; and Board Member Salvador Escalante (2nd District)—P47,000;
Board Member-elect Johnna Ko (3rd District)—P70,350; and defeated candidate Jose Ma. Astorga (who ran for board member in the 3rd District)—P339,253, provincial elections supervisor Wil Arceno said yesterday.
After a hotly contested election that ripped the once "united" United Negros Alliance (UNA), Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said he is willing to reconcile with businessman Eduardo "Danding" Cojuangco and his political rival, Vice Governor Genaro "Lim-ao"Alvarez Jr.
Yesterday was Cojuangco’s birthday, and Marañon greeted him a "Happy Birthday" during a press conference at the Governor’s Office.
"My door is wide open for him," Marañon said, when asked of the possibility that he will reconcile with Cojuangco, who endorsed his opponent, Alvarez, to run for governor in the May 2013 elections.