DRILON ZUBIRI Franklin Drilon* Juan Miguel Zubiri*

Drilon, Zubiri thank
Negros for big wins


Franklin Drilon and Juan Miguel Zubiri, who topped the race for the Senate in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City, yesterday thanked Negrenses for their support.

Drilon, who is from Iloilo City, was in first place and Zubiri, whose father is from Kabankalan City in Negros Occidental, was in second place.

The National Board of Canvassers is scheduled to proclaim the winning senators today. moremoremore

‘Refusal to accept
defeat pathetic'

With the winning margin of mayor-elect Evelio Leonardia of 22,238 votes, the incumbent and losing candidate mayor Monico Puentevella looks pathetic by not acknowledging his defeat in the election, Joselito Bayatan, legal counsel of Leonardia said yesterday.

It's a glaring shame on his part to point to the people of Bacolod City who, he claims, cannot just believe that he was trounced by Leonardia, he said.

“But we can read between the lines that, indeed, Puentevella is consciously aware that he would be defeated when he said that if he only lost by about 2,000 or 3,000 votes, maybe the people will believe it,” Bayatan said.moremoremore


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The largest animal on Earth came a-visiting, to the surprise and delight of many in Dumaguete City and other parts of Negros Oriental.

The rare sighting of the endangered blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) Tuesday afternoon in the city has sent marine mammal experts and environmentalists buckling down to work to document its activity and perhaps shield it from potential threats through public awareness.

AA Yaptinchay of the Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines said this is the first time for them to document the sighting of a blue whale in the waters of Dumaguete and Negros Oriental, with photographs, videos and personal accounts to support it.moremoremore