Greg Gasataya, Evelio Leonardia and El Cid Familiaran (l-r) incoming congressman, mayor and vice mayor of Bacolod City, respectively*
The Nationalist People's Coalition-Grupo Progreso once again dominated the local elections in Bacolod City like it did in 2010 by getting the top three highest positions and majority of the members of the City Council based on official results of the Commission on Elections as of 2:30 a.m. today.
Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia garnered 120,231 votes, believed to be the highest number of votes for a candidate in Bacolod's election history against incumbent and first termer Mayor Monico Puentevella of the National Unity Party who got 97,993 votes, or a difference of 22, 238 votes.
GP vice mayoralty candidate Councilor El Cid Familiaran garnered 108,360 votes as against NUP vice mayoral candidate businessman Vladimir Gonzalez who garnered 86,611 votes, or a difference of 21,749 votes.
Unopposed Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., as of 3 a.m. today, had garnered 647,856 votes, while Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson took the lead versus Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer for vice governorship.
In Talisay and Silay, the wives of incumbent mayors running for their husbands' posts suffered upsets, while Lacson had 440,404 votes versus Ferrer with 435,783 in the race for vice governorship, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting count showed.
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Degamo, Macias leading
Negros Oriental re-electionist Gov. Roel Degamo told the Daily STAR last night that he expects to be proclaimed this morning, even as he thanked the voters for what he described as “an overwhelming win”.
He said he hopes to lead the race by 100,000 votes against his challengers, Rep. George Arnaiz, and independent bet Magdegamo Gasendo. As of 1:40 this morning, Degamo was leading by more than 99,000, based on the partial and unofficial results as shown in the Commission on Elections-GMA Mirror Server.
Degamo of the National Unity Party got 267,504 votes while Arnaiz, congressman of the second district of the province, who ran under the Nationalist People's Coalition, has 168,399. Gasendo received 5,369 votes.