MERGE COLORFUL SIGHT. The participants of Silay City in the 25th Panaad sa Negros Festival Drum and Lyre Competition at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City yesterday.*(Andy Alvarez photo)

NegOr has 62 hotspots

Sixty-two of the 555 barangays in Negros Oriental have initially been included in the Election Watchlist Areas (EWAS) by the Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Center of Negros Island, that is composed of the Commission on Election, Armed Forces of the Philippines and National Police.

This is because of the presence of suspected New People’s Army rebels in those areas, Senior Supt. Edwin Portento, Negros Oriental provincial police director, said.

But Portento also said   they have not received reports on the existence of private armed groups or intense political rivalry among candidates for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in Negros Oriental, as of now.moremoremore

Don’t vote for
rebel-linked bets: Army

Brig. Gen. Eliezer Losanes, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, yesterday advised voters not to vote for rebel-linked candidates for barangay posts in the May 14 polls because they will only “lead them to perdition”.

The Commission on Elections figures yesterday showed that 4,145 candidates for barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan posts had filed their Certificates of Candidacy in Negros Occidental and Bacolod from Saturday to Monday. The provincewide figures for the CoC filing yesterday were not available as of press time.

The Comelec expects a surge in the COC filing as the deadline on 5 p.m. Friday nears, Provincial Election Supervisor Jessie Suarez said.moremoremore


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3-day Panaad sales hit P6.5M

The three-day sales at the Panaad sa Negros Festival in Bacolod City reached P6,453,769.95, a Capitol report said yesterday.

Total sales on Day 3 was P2 million, broken down as follows, P1,100,908.50 from the local government units’ pavilions, P225,180 from the eco-garden show, P81,644 ‒ organic market, P105,585 ‒ livestock and dairy fair, P370,881 ‒ concessionaires and kiosks, and P126,645 from the food park.

Of the total 3-day sales, P3,412,860.25 came from the pavilions of the 32 towns and cities of the province, P804,410 ‒ eco-garden show, P259,860.70 ‒ organic market, P375,435 ‒ livestock and dairy fair, P1,206,719 ‒ concessionaires and kiosks, and P394,485 from the food park, the report said.