GRUPO PROGRESSO Councilor-elect Renecito Novero, Councilor Caesar Distrito, councilor-elect Cindy Rojas, vice mayor-elect El Cid Familiaran, mayor-elect Evelio Leonardia, RTC Judge Anita Chua, congressman-elect Greg Gasataya, councilors-elect Ricardo “Cano” Tan and Dindo Ramos, Councilor Em Ang and councilor-elect Elmer Sy (l-r) after their oath-taking.*
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Winning bets take oath,
transition teams readied

Bacolod Mayor-Elect Evelio Leonardia and the rest of the winning candidates under the Nationalist People's Coalition-Grupo Progreso took their oaths of office yesterday before Regional Trial Court Judge Anita Chua at Business Inn , Bacolod City, against the backdrop of the government center.

Present were vice mayor-elect El Cid Familiaran, congressman-elect Greg Gasataya and councilors-elect Ricardo “Cano” Tan, Cindy Rojas, Renecito Novero, Elmer Sy, Dindo Ramos and re-elected Councilors Em Ang and Caesar Distrito.

Only councilor-elect Bart Orola was not around since he was in Manila. moremoremore

Capitol proclamations still on hold

The Provincial Board of Election Canvassers yesterday again held off the proclamations of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and the top officials of the fifth district of Negros Occidental, as winners of Monday's polls.

“We want to make sure that our actions are legally sound,” Negros Occidental Acting Elections Supervisor Ian Lee Ananoria said yesterday.

Proclamations could take place today or Saturday evening yet, he said. moremoremore


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‘Election in NegOr peaceful'

Aside from two suspected election-related incidents, the May 9 election in Negros Oriental was peaceful and orderly, Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office director, Senior Supt. Harris Fama, said.

He said the police and the army had in their mindset a worse scenario during, before and after the elections this year, to make them alert all the time and so as not to be complacent in their guard for a peaceful political exercise.

As a result, the police had successfully responded and reacted to calls for help, had verified reports of alleged vote-buying, presence of armed groups and goons, particularly in the third district, including harassments, through the Quick Response Teams which were formed by the provincial command to address concerns on security during the election. moremoremore