MERGE Napolcom regional director Joseph Celis checks on readiness of Regional Mobile Force Battalion 6 troopers temporarily assigned at the Moises Padilla Police Station.*


788 vying for posts
but 25 sure winners
Vote early, respect sanctity of ballot, officials urge
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

Top Negros Occidental government and Church leaders yesterday urged the 1,889,200 voters of the province to vote early and uphold the sanctity of the ballot.

Voting will be from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.

Vote for men and women who are honest, competent, God-fearing and truly concerned for the good of the people, Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon urged.

There are 788 candidates running for various posts in Negros Occidental, 25 of whom are unopposed, and only need one vote to win. moremoremore


6,500 troops set
for election duties
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The Philippine Army and the National Police have deployed about 6,500 military and police personnel in Negros Island, as they are not taking chances, in connection with monitored reports that the New People’s Army may harass government forces during the May 13 elections.

While in Bacolod City 18 were nabbed for violation of the election liquor ban as of yesterday.

Brig. Gen. Benedict Arevalo, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said yesterday that he dispatched 1,854 Army soldiers for election duties, as well as 50 vehicles, while the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office also mobilized its 2,185 personnel to secure the election today. moremoremore

 

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Poll results no direct impact
on economic growth: bizman
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The business sector in Bacolod City does not think the result of the elections today will have a direct impact on the economic growth of the city and the province of Negros Occidental.

Frank Carbon, Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive officer, said the business group remained apolitical in the local election, adding that the impact is more on the national level due to major infrastructure investments of the national government.

“This is because of its capability to build road networks, seaports, and airports. This is where people converge, this is where the investments are,” he added.