MERGE The Grupo Progreso candidates, led by Mayor Evelio Leonardia, walk arm-in-arm with their supporters on their way to the Commission on Elections Bacolod to file their certificates of candidacy yesterday*

‘Golden age of politics
possible in Bacolod’

Only 11 out of 15 candidates of Grupo Progreso were able to file their certificates of candidacy yesterday due to some technical defects in the certificate of nomination and acceptance of the four others.

Bacolod Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, councilors Ana Marie Palermo and Bartolome Orola, and former councilor Archie Baribar, were not able to file their CoCs yesterday but will file them next week before the Oct. 17 deadline.

The Grupo Progreso candidates and about 10,000 of their friends and supporters, all wearing red shirts, flooded the streets from the Bacolod San Sebastian Cathedral where a mass was held, and up to the BAYS Center where a program followed, before they filed their CoCs. moremoremore

Alvarez, Ferrer file
CoCs for congress

Two early bird candidates for Congress kicked off the midterm election season by being the first to file their certificates of candidacy at the Negros Occidental Commission on Elections office in Bacolod City yesterday morning.

Former Rep. Genaro Alvarez, who is running for congressman of the sixth district, was the first to file his CoC at 8 a.m., followed at 10 a.m. by Rep. Juliet Marie Ferrer, who is seeking a second term as congresswoman of the fourth district, Provincial Elections Supervisor Jessie Suarez said.

Alvarez, who is running under the Nationalist People’s Coalition and is a member of Love Negros, was accompanied by his daughter, Deputy House Speaker Mercedes Alvarez, and Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson. moremoremore


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Disapprove 300-megawatt coal plant
in San Carlos, bishop urges officials

The Diocese of San Carlos is calling on the local government of San Carlos and the provincial government of Negros Occidental to disapprove the 300-megawatt coal plant of San Miguel Corporation Global, or any proposal for building a coal-fired power plant in the city.

In the position paper of the Diocese furnished the DAILY STAR yesterday, Bishop Gerardo Alminaza said that, instead of SMC Global investing on coal-powered plant, they must develop sources of renewable energy.

The statement also quoted Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si” that said, “if we do not listen to the earnest appeal of the Holy Father...the most vulnerable victims of such decision with irreversible consequences to our environment are the poorest people”.