MERGE Binalbagan mayoral candidate Alejandro Mirasol and runningmate Samuel Garavan (2nd and 3rd from left, seated) with candidates for councilor Jeffrey Dizon, Tony Pagunsan, Ursecio Inodeo (l-r, front), Pong Magbanua, Rosuel Ledesma, Jose Yulo, Liby Frias and Junior Flores (l-r, standing) hold up their certificates of candidacy that they filed yesterday*


3 congressional bets
in Negros sure winners
But Lacson, Ferrer tandem challenged
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Three congressional and four board member candidates in Negros Occidental were unopposed when the filing of certificates of candidacy ended at 5 p.m. yesterday, making them sure winners in the 2019 polls.

The unopposed congressional bets are reelectionist Rep. Leo Rafael Cueva (NUP/UNegA) – second district, Francisco Benitez (PDP-Laban)– third district and Ma. Lourdes Arroyo Lesaca (Lakas CMD/UNegA) - 5th District.

The unopposed candidates for board member are Araceli Somosa (NPC) and Rommel Debulgado (NPC) – first district, and Victor Javellana (NPC/UNegA) and Jose Benito Alonso (NUP/UNegA) – fourth district. moremoremore


‘Intense political
rivalry in 8 areas’
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Intense political rivalry is expected in three cities and five towns in Negros Occidental in the days leading to the May 2019 elections, Provincial Elections Supervisor Jessie Suarez said yesterday.

Suarez expects intense political rivalry in Himamaylan, Silay and San Carlos cities, and Toboso, EB Magalona, Moises Padilla, Binalbagan and Isabela.

He called on candidates to avoid violence, conduct their campaigns on a high level, and to be civil to each other. moremoremore

 

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Guv urges tech transfer
in planting hybrid corn
BY MARK L. GARCIA

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. urged the technology transfer of planting hybrid corn and other crop varieties to the Negrense farmers during the Corn Field Day and Harvest Festival at the provincial corn farm in Hacienda Manayaosayao in Mansilingan, Bacolod City yesterday.

This was after the governor learned about the success of the experiment of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist on planting conventional hybrid seeds that yielded an average of seven tons per hectare in the demo farm.

Marañon said he is very happy with the result of the experiment and this kind of technology should be transferred to the farmers to give them access to higher corn production and bigger income.