MERGE Dr. Irene Montilla (left) was proclaimed the winning mayor of Isabela in Negros Occidental at 2:30 a.m. yesterday*

Defective SD cards
delay proclamations

Incoming governor Eugenio Jose Lacson (NPC) yesterday thanked the people of Negros Occidental for their overwhelming show of support.

“I am truly humbled by your trust and confidence,” said Lacson, who, as of latest unofficial Comelec tally garnered 805,010 votes versus Rolando Parpa (Ind) with 44,590 votes.

However, Lacson’s proclamation as winner, along with other provincial and congressional bets, may bedelayed to tomorrow. moremoremore

30 winning mayors
known, Silay battle still on

Two incumbent mayors were defeated in Monday’s polls, while the battle for mayor of Silay City in Negros Occidental is still on.

Rep. Alejandro Mirasol (Neg. Occ., 5th District) has made a comeback as mayor of Binalbagan, defeating incumbent Manuel Aranda (UNegA) by 2,347 votes.

In Isabela, Irene Montilla, the widow of the late mayor Enrique Montilla, defeated incumbent Joselito Malabor by a narrow 48 votes. moremoremore


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PVO intensifies campaign
on safe handling of meat

The Provincial Veterinary Office of Negros Occidental is intensifying its meat handling services to contain and prevent the spread of avian influenza viruses and other pathogens in the wet market.

The PVO, through its Animal Health and Inspection Services Division, and the Research and Laboratory Services Division, will get the help of the local government units to promote safe meat handling practices.

Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said they will provide guidelines, especially on the procurement of meat vans, meat shops, and upgrade of slaughterhouses, to address the harmful effects of contaminated pork and other meat products sold in the wet markets in the different parts of the province.