MERGE MASSKARA. The Nights of the Mardi Gras in downtown Bacolod City have been providing nightly entertainment to the MassKara Festival crowds.* (Ronnie Baldonado photo)

6 mayor, 10 VM bets
in Negros unopposed


Six candidates for mayor and10 for vice mayor in Negros Occidental, including the Alvarez and Montilla siblings of Ilog and Sipalay City, are running unopposed in the May 2019 polls, a Commission on Elections report showed yesterday.

The six unopposed candidates for mayor are Melecio Yap Jr. (NPC) of Escalante, Alfredo Marañon III (NUP/UNegA) – Sagay City, Nicholas Yulo (NPC/UNegA) – Bago City, Miguel Antonio Peña (NPC) – Pulupandan, John Paul Alvarez (NPC) – Ilog and Maria Gina Lizares (NPC) – Sipalay City.

The 10 unopposed vice mayoral bets are Johnny Gabriel (NPC) Escalante City, Narciso Javelosa Jr. (NUP/UNegA) – Sagay City, Johnny Reosura (PDP Laban) – Murcia, Jerry Jover (PDP Laban) – Victorias City, Ramon Torres (NPC-UNegA) – Bago City, Rex Jalandoon (LP/UNegA) – La Carlota City, Jimmy Gavan (NUP/UnegA) – Pontevedra, Anthony Gerard Suatengco (NPC) – Pulupandan, Genaro Rafael Alvarez (NPC) – Ilog, and Oscar Montilla Jr. (NPC). moremoremore

28 injured in Cauayan stampede

Twenty-eight people were injured, and one was initially in critical condition, in a stampede at the municipal gym in Cauayan, Negros Occidental, at about 4:30 p.m. yesterday, Mayor John Rey Tabujara said.

He said about 5,000 Cauayan residents were gathered at the gym for a Pantawid Pamilya Family Day where games and the Mr. and Miss Pantawid tilt was held.

One of the contestants brought a stainless steel basin with charcoal as a prop that emitted smoke, causing someone to shout “fire”, he said. moremoremore


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BIR Bacolod notes
low tax collection

Region 6 director, Aynie Dizon, of the Bureau of Internal Revenue said yesterday that this year’s tax collection of Revenue District Office No. 77, or the BIR Bacolod Office, seems “abnormal” and like a “double whammy”, compared to last year’s.

“I would say it is abnormal because even versus the collection last year, we are still short. Normally, if we cannot reach our target, we exceed our collection of the previous year. But this year, it’s like a double whammy – we are short versus our goal and we are also short versus our collection last year,” she said.

To counter this problem, the BIR RD 77 invited around 30 accountants from the cities and towns of Bacolod, Murcia, Salvador Benedicto, Talisay, and Silay for a tax dialog yesterday, at the BIR Administrative Office in Bacolod City.