Nadie Nadie Arceo (2 nd from left) who was finally proclaimed the winning mayoral bet of Hinigaran at 10:23 last night, with Election Officer Sheila Mae Sol and lawyers Vic Torrecampo and Rey Gorgonio (right)*

Top officials' proclamations
held hostage by 1 SD card
Only mayor, VM of Hinigaran declared winners

One SD ( Secure Digital) card has held the proclamation of the governor, vice governor and officials of the 5th district of Negros Occidental hostage, Acting Provincial Elections Supervisor Ian Lee Ananoria said yesterday.

The proclamations of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, the fifth district's Rep. Alejandro Mirasol, board members Alain Gatuslao and Renato Malabor Jr., and the officials of Hinigaran town as winners were again delayed yesterday, because of the failure to hold elections in one precinct in Hinigaran on Monday.

Ananoria said voting in one precinct with 685 voters in Barangay Palayog, Hinigaran, did not take place because its ballots had been mistakenly delivered to Borongan, Eastern Samar. moremoremore

Lacson to continue
principled partnership

Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, who won a second term, based on an unofficial count, yesterday promised to continue a principled partnership with Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. to ensure progress for the province.

Lacson of Love Negros was challenged for the vice governorship by Rep. Jeffrey Ferrer (Neg. Occ., 4 th District), the runningmate of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. of the United Negros Alliance.

An unofficial count showed Lacson with 478,783, or 12,212 votes ahead of Ferrer who got 466,571 votes. moremoremore


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Comelec proclaims Degamo

Re-electionist Governor Roel Degamo was proclaimed yesterday even without the results coming from Jimalalud town in Negros Oriental.

Provincial election officer Lionel Marco Castillano went ahead with the proclamation even without the results from Jimalalud because it would be statistically impossible for Rep. George Arnaiz to overtake Degamo's lead even if the results from the town will be included.

In Pamplona, Degamo's wife, Janice, made history by toppling down the incumbent mayor, Apollo Arnaiz, with a 1,521 margin of votes. She garnered 9,651 votes against the 8,130 votes of the incumbent mayor, in the hometown and bailiwick of the Arnaiz family. moremoremore