Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer vow to keep their campaign for vice governor friendly, while at right Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon tries to get Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia and Mayor Monico Puentevella to shake hands*
(Andy Alvarez photos)


NIR bets ink historic
pact for peaceful polls
Ferrer, Lacson promise friendly campaign
BY CARLA GOMEZ

Negros Occidental and Oriental candidates yesterday signed a covenant for peaceful elections in what Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon described as a historic first for the Negros Island Region.

“The development of Negros Occidental and Oriental as an island region will depend largely on the quality of the leaders that you will elect,” she said at the covenant signing held during a Forum on Gender and Election Related-Violence at the Bacolod Pavillon Resort Hotel.

The forum was attended by about 500 candidates from Negros Occidental and Oriental, police and Army officials, and representatives of women's groups and civil society.
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April Fools' bomb
scare at Capitol
BY GILBERT BAYORAN

What appears to be an April Fool's Day prank got Negros Occidental Capitol employees in Bacolod City off from work early yesterday.

At 11:30 a.m. yesterday a text message was received saying: ”M r.Governor masama ang inyong umaga ngayong 11.30 am at 3.pm may maganap na pag sabog ng c-4 bomb sa inyong kapiltoyo at maraming mamatay sa araw na ito. concern citizen po ito. mr. tamslaw (Mr. Governor your morning will be bad 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. an explosion of a C-4 bomb will occur at the Capitol and a lot of people will die. This is a concerned citizen Mr. Tamslaw).”

Marañon said Senior Supt. William Señoron, Neg. Occ., police OIC police superintendent, forwarded the threat on the text to him. .moremoremore

 

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Poll bets urged to shun
violence, intimidation
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

Negros Oriental provincial election supervisor-designate, Lionel Castillano, is calling on political candidates at the provincial and local levels to reject the use of force to ensure their victory in the May 9 synchronized elections.

Castillano sounded the call as the campaign period for local candidates begun immediately after the observance of Holy Week ended on Easter Sunday, March 27.

He discouraged candidates from employing violence, threat, intimidation and other forms of non-peaceful behavior to gain the votes they need for their victory. .moremoremore