MERGE A vote counting machine being tested at the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College in Talisay City, Negros Occidental.* (Yasmin Pascual-Dormido photo)


Guv: Keep close watch
on 5th district hot races
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday stressed the need to keep a close watch on the fifth district of Negros Occidental where the most hotly contested electoral races are expected to take place on Monday.

He also cited the need to monitor sightings of armed groups in some hinterland areas of the first district of Negros Occidental.

“Let us make sure the elections will be peaceful, honest and credible. That is the basic essence of democracy, to have a very clean election,” the governor said. moremoremore


No major hitches in VCM testing
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ & CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

The campaign period for Monday’s polls ends at midnight today and a two-day liquor ban will start tomorrow.

The ban on c ampaigning, and on selling, offering, buying, serving or taking intoxicating liquor will be in effect on Sunday and Monday, Commission on Elections rules state.

The Comelec has also warned that vote buying, and the giving and accepting of free transportation, food or drinks, or things of value to voters is also prohibited. moremoremore

 

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Pre-election meat prices
in NegOcc stable, PVO says
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The Provincial Veterinary Office of Negros Occidental said the supply of meat and poultry products in the province remains stable during the pre-election period.

The price monitoring of the PVO Animal Health and Meat Inspection Services Division showed that there had no significant changes in the prevailing market prices of livestock and poultry products in the market for the past two months, Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said.

This is because of the sufficient supply in the province, he added.